The client and owner moved into this superbly located penthouse which features one master bedroom on the mezzanine level, an open plan kitchen/living/dining area with adjacent outdoor terrace, two bathrooms and a study. By the time I saw this double storey white volume, the client had already purchased couches, table and chairs, outdoor seats, the bed and some pot plants. SODAA was engaged to style it and make feel it homely and playful, to add colour and ‘soul’ and to enrich these spaces with a sense of elegance without adding any designed object that might be meaningless.
We began with a lighting design that would make the double volume above the kitchen dance with colour in the form of splashes of orange throughout to deal with too vast a palette of whites and browns. We changed some wall colours subtly to enhance the introduced colour tones.
We wallpapered one wall in the bedroom with painted silk of a Japanese motif to keep its luscious but understated feel. We added a Carrara marble bench and used the same material to cover west-facing fixed windows turning them into vibrant light sources that change from white in the morning to gold at sunset. The bench defines the dining area as a separate space with its own character and light source. We helped the client select some art pieces and some more will be added in the near future.
The big statement has come about with the introduction of the Bisazza mosaic ‘Endimione’ image to the outdoor southern wall. This classic image, which symbolises eternal youth, intends to foster a visual experience by disconnecting the viewer from the expansive panorama through the double height glazing on both levels and connecting the terrace to the indoor. In addition, this large image intends to add another layer of understated elegance with its quite presence. More scattered cushions and pot plants, strategically placed add to the external space giving the illusion of a bigger living area or an extension of the living room.