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Casa LABE, light and colors in the heart of Milan



In the heart of Milan, on Via San Michele del Carso, Studio Elementare completed Casa LABE, a 200-square-meter apartment located on the third floor of a early twentieth-century building where light permeates every space, becoming the focal point of picturesque views and seamless transitions.

Driven by the desire to “return home” after an extended period in London, the clients sought to create a space that seamlessly combined functionality with an inviting atmosphere for the entire family. To achieve this, the architects employed light, color and the understated elegance of bespoke furniture.

Key interventions included the reopening of a previously bricked-up window in the living room and the replacement of dark flooring with a new light-colored herringbone parquet. Utilizing simple geometries, they crafted custom-made furniture that not only adorned every space but also served as practical elements for daily life, while simultaneously offering opportunities for playful color accents and nods to Giò Ponti’s aesthetic.

The interplay of geometry was complemented by a curated selection of materials, including wood, patterned glass, Carrara white marble, gres tiles from the Mutina Primavera collection, and mirrored glass, each contributing to a cohesive design narrative.

Ceilings and walls were transformed with new color schemes tailored to each environment, evoking a sense of vibrancy and warmth. Lighting fixtures, including Nemo’s Charlotte Perriand sconces and contemporary designs by Flos and Inga Sempè, added a touch of sophistication and whimsy.

Upon entering Casa LABE, guests are welcomed by bespoke furnishings, offering glimpses into the living and private spaces beyond. The luminous living room, directly connected to a more intimate study and dining area, overlooks Via San Michele del Carso. On one side, the kitchen, a collaboration with Very Simple Kitchen, exudes simplicity and vibrancy, while a row of glass doors on the other side leads to the bedrooms and bathrooms.

This fusion of historical charm and contemporary design creates a unique and inviting ambiance, inviting residents and guests alike to feel at home in the heart of Milan.