When it comes to interior design, every homeowner has a hook. Some stand proudly rooted in the traditional, reveling in crown moldings and Persian rugs. Others go midcentury modern with everything from Saarinen Womb chairs in the living room to Russell Wright ceramics on the breakfast table. Champions of the contemporary may surround themselves with designs by Matthew Hilton, Zaha Hadid or Mark Albrecht Studio. Then there are those whose homes don’t quite fit the standard categories. They may borrow from disparate periods and styles, but the effect is not so much a matter of eclecticism – arguably a style in itself – but of authenticity, a look all their own.
Stefania Passera lives in the heart of Milan, not far from Nap Atelier, her home furnishings and interiors business. Her own space echoes the refreshing insouciance that pervades her store, where the offerings include floral-patterned poufs, vintage 20th-century bergères upholstered in velvet, handpainted bamboo and paper lamps, and fanciful Cole & Son wallpapers.
Clearly and intelligently orchestrated, Passera’s apartment exudes the air of a place fashioned not by a professional, but by one who simply has an eye and arranges her home to make herself happy. A big believer in the power of objects – no matter how humble – to create a mutual charge and animate an environment, Passera has outfitted her apartment with pieces that merge to make a seamless whole, rather than stand out as carefully curated objects of admiration.
“I LOVE PIECES OF MEMORY. I COULD NOT CONCEIVE OF FURNISHING A HOUSE WITHOUT SOME FURNITURE AND OBJECTS FOUND OR INHERITED BY A GRANDMOTHER OR OLD AUNT. THEY ARE PART OF OUR PAST AND WARM THE ENVIRONMENT, MAKING IT UNIQUE.” – SP
While the three-bedroom apartment provides plenty of space for Passera, her 19-year-old daughter Nina, and their French bulldog, Ciro, Passera upped its commodiousness by taking down a wall between the kitchen and the living room. She minimized the visual clash of the two spaces by creating a furniture-like unit to house the appliances, with a tall, arched component at one end, and curved and fluted countertop expanse at the other. Passera gained more space for a dining set-up, which includes a vintage wood sideboard to which she affixed colorful botanical images from John Derian.
This color scheme plays out everywhere, from the jazzily irregular arrangement of cement tiles in the hallway to the pink bathroom, where a large, trapezoidal mirror hangs above the sink. It’s clear. In her work and in her home, Passera is all about harmony spun not simply from taste, but from the abstract magic of objects and colors playing together on their own terms.
Photography by Fabrizio Cicconi; Styling by Francesca Davoli.
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