Named Le Temps Retrouvé, which translates to "time regained" or "the past recaptured," Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa of local studio Marcante-Testa have envisioned this lovely home to be "a repository of the most intimate facets of people and their memory."
Located in the center of Milan, Italy, the 1,300-square-feet apartment has been lightly renovated on a tight schedule to improve spatial perception, as well as add character.
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The airy abode features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and gorgeous French windows that look out to trees in the internal courtyards.
Marcante-Testa has integrated materials like wicker headboards, linen-upholstered seats, straw chairs, accessorized dividers, colorful wallpaper with botanical prints, and splashes of candy-toned greens and pinks to create a modern rendition of "grandma’s house."
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The interior perspectives change and vary depending on the chromatic contrasts on the walls. Sunlight pours in through the windows, imbuing the vibrant walls with a somewhat surreal glow.
In the dining area, the architects have also incorporated a pale-green resin to partially cover the wooden floor and create a "carpet" around the table and chairs.
Using the visual relationship with the greenery outdoors as a guide, Marcante-Testa has created a family home with plenty of personality, where humor, lightness, and a delightful sense of nostalgia bring family members closer together.