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Restyling by revolutionising the furniture. Even in a historic house

Ghostarchitects studio signs the restyling of an apartment from the late 1800s in Milan, combining ancient and modern details

Mauro Santoro

Sometimes the secret behind a good restyling lies in the character of the person orchestrating it. 

A couple of future parents waiting for their little one commissioned Ghostarchitects (in particular its managers Silvia Cirabolini and Alberto Soana) to restyle their Milanese apartment from the late 1800s into a more functional family nest.

all photos by: © Mauro Santoro

She is every builder’s nightmare: obsessed with vertical and parallel things, and more fascinated by metalware than by shoes. He is an architect-cyclist passionate about bent wardrobes and big sliding doors. The two of them actively started working together on the restyling. 

This interior design enigma was nick-named “the house with the marble fireplace”. The apartment has a very peculiar personality and features plasters, herringbone parquet, high coffered-ceilings and an evocative fireplace.

All these details were maintained just like the general pre-existing layout, already modernised by a previous refurbishing. The restyling therefore mainly focused on a simple re-distribution of furniture, chromatic palettes, lightings and materials. 


In the main living area, the sofa was moved to the middle to value the fireplace and isolate it from other furniture or home appliance. A new bookcase was also added on the back wall.

For what concerns the bedrooms, the master bedroom was embellished with tailor-made accessories and by a ceiling-high wardrobe, while the new baby’s nursery has been decorated with bright colours, curtains and wallpapers.

A delicate and light restyling that valorised the house’s elegant ancient details, which now contribute to the charm of the apartment.



by Francesco Marchesi / 12 March 2018


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