The new showroom in Milan, designed by Calvi Brambilla architects
"Softness of the wood of the staircase leading to the lower level and especially the irregular grain of the Ceppo di Grè floor, typical stone of Milan"
«When we were asked to design the new antoniolupi showroom, our attention was mainly focused on the particular shape of the space, located at the base of an elegant tower in the heart of Milan, built in the Fifties with the recommendations of the architect Portaluppi: it is an environment with fourteen windows that from via Porta Tenaglia extend up to look out onto the greenery of Parco Sempione. We decided to work by inserting a ceiling of great visual impact, composed of irregular architectural vaults that contribute to create a sense of depth to an environment that develops mainly in length.
The particular design, in addition to suggesting a sequence of real bath environments is designed to be admired from outside and to have a great visual impact at night. As it sometimes happens, this project is also born from the observation of the work of a great master: in this case the inspiration comes from the bathrooms Kılıç Ali Paşa in Instambul, designed by Sinān, a famous Ottoman architect of the sixteenth century.
In this hamam there is a clear distinction between the lower portion, dedicated to the pools and fountains and the upper portion, composed of large vaults and domes full of light. In the same way, in this project dedicated to the bathroom, attention has focused on the upper part of the architecture, leaving greater freedom of exposure to the floor level where the products are exposed.
However, there is no shortage of references to authors of Modern times who have worked, above all in the architecture of museums, on the architecture of the ceilings, as opposed to the works on display. Finally we focused on the tactility of the surfaces, and we wanted to contrast the roughness of the walls covered in cement resin, the softness of the wood of the staircase leading to the lower level and especially the irregular grain of the Ceppo di Grè floor, typical stone of architecture from Milan.»
Calvi Brambilla Fabio Calvi (1969), architect, studied in Milan and London and worked with Gianfranco Frattini and Ferruccio Laviani, to later in 2006, open a studio with Paolo Brambilla (1973), that studied architecture in Milan and Barcelona; He used to be junior lecturer of Interior Design at Politecnico, Milan and Councelor of the Order of Architects, Milan. The studio works with prestigious design brands such as Barovier & Toso, Cassina, Flos, FontanaArte, Foscarini, Molteni, Olivari, Serralunga, Zanotta.
Calvi Brambilla were nominated to the Gold Medal of Italian Architecture for Flos’ 50 year exhibition; first prize in the Cassina LC50 competition; the Geman Design Award for the Pedrali stand in Cologne; the Good Design Award with the table Ettore for Pianca, the Archiproducts Award with the Bahia sun-lounger for Varaschin and finally the Salone del Mobile Milano Award for the Flos exhibitionn at Euroluce 2017.