The theme of this apartment in the heart of Rome, designed by Maurizio Giovannoni, is yellow like the color of the sun and the earth of which the owner is a native, Sorrento.
This colorful project is located in the heart of Rome, and is entitled “The true soul of a lawyer”. Its owner is a single man, Rosario, a lawyer, who, often wearing formal clothes for work, felt the need for a relaxing home that would contrast the rigor of his profession, a place to spend time with
friends, where people can be themselves without their work roles.
The project reflects the philosophy of "hometelling" where all the details of the apartment are connected to the history of which the house is the result. The theme of the house is yellow, reminiscent of the sunny days of its owner's childhood in Southern Italy, Sorrento, which is the object of his nostalgia in the busy city of Rome.
The design of the house is unique, it has a strong artistic touch due to the gifts and contributions of various artists. On one wall of the living room there is a portable cactus made of iron, a gift from a designer architect Marco Ferranti. The magnificent bookcase, made of iron and wood, extends from the floor to the roof and is a work commissioned by a Taiwanese
group of architects (Ganna Studio). The style of the house was assisted by the architect Rosa Topputo visible in one of the photos.
The first image of the house is the imposing background of Perswall, which represents the legends of jazz, the people who had the courage to be themselves and create wonderful things from their inner feelings. The first point of view is always important, it is the view that a visitor sees upon entering the apartment, it is like the chapter of a novel or the first chord of an opening piece of music, it gives the idea of everything from one page. The living room encourages people to play with their identities, to show their hidden sides as well. It has a reminiscence of a movie set because of the Flos lamps, which are reminiscent of spotlights.
While the living room is impressive and powerful, the kitchen is deliberately more modest and minimalist, mostly white with some joyful yellow details. The composition of the candelabra above the kitchen table comes from the collection of Danish Menu Pov.
The house is quite small, it is not an obstacle but a challenge for a designer. The apartment has a large terrace overlooking the city of Rome, we are on the 7th floor, the floor of the house and the terrace are of the same material to create the effect of a continuous space. The weather in Rome is great for being outside for most of the year, so the house is practically larger than another 25 square meters.
When the renovation began, the apartment was full of internal walls, which were removed to enhance the brightness of the rooms, so a large open space was created. This idea has also been extended to the bedroom, which is joined with the living room via open shelving.
Project: Maurizio Giovannoni
photography: Mikko AlaPeijari