An illustrator’s house that looks like his drawings

A Milanese apartment finds a common point in the essentiality of the lines and the controlled use of color between the interiors and the artist's work.

Architect Elena Martucci curated the renovation of the home studio of the Italian illustrator Alessandro Gottardo, aka Shout, with the aim of optimizing livability and provide an environment conducive to creation. Overlooking Parco Sempione, the 120 square meters apartment has been stripped of all the interventions following its construction and has not provided significant changes to the layout, except for the insertion of a laundry room and the shifting of the door to the master bathroom.

Characterized by a general sense of cleanliness, the interiors are characterized by the joints’ interplay of the floors, which integrate the pre-existing cement tiles with the bedrooms’ beech flooring. Cut at sixty degrees, the planks are wedged into the tiles at the rooms’ threshold, outlining a drawn and curious profile; in the bathroom, on the other hand, they extend vertically onto the cupboards and the bath block, heating the room. Custom-made furnishings and niches are used to stage drawings and objects, highlighting the theatrical touch and enhancing the materiality of the finishes, as in the case of the kitchen island, a slate parallelepiped, and the cupboard suspended behind it.

Marked by a non-austere simplicity, the environment is coherent with Shout's works hanging on the walls, whose essential lines and subjects are enlivened by the calibrated use of color. The studio is not dissimilar: overlooking the greenery, it prefers rarefaction and relies on the company of plants and paintings on the walls. Together with selected artworks, including Guido Scarabotto's angel-sculpture, few iconic furnishings - including Arco, Atollo, Eclisse, Parentesi, Scrapwood table - contribute to breaking the linearity through their silhouette, establishing themselves as details full of meaning on a larger canvas.

Elena Martucci

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