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Sunlit Haven: Serena Confalonieri’s Two-Story Loft in Milan’s Lambrate

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

Beppe Brancato

Located in the vibrant Lambrate district of Milan, Serena Confalonieri invites us into her two-story loft, a haven flooded with natural light. This captivating space reflects the multifaceted soul of the designer, exuding a resolute and eclectic personality. Within this kaleidoscopic environment, a harmonious blend of design company pieces such as Alpi, Ceramica Cielo, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, l’Opificio, MyHomeCollection, MM Lampadari, Mohebban, Perennials, Saba, Sambonet, Very Simple Kitchen, Wall&Decò, and Wilson&Morris, coexist with her own self-productions.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

These objects, infused with a strong emotional connection, are complemented by mementos collected during her travels, musical instruments, an art and masks gallery, vintage advertisements, a portrait of her beloved Lakeland Terrier, Fausto, travel guides, and art books. This captivating abode not only mirrors Serena Confalonieri‘s ironic personality but also serves as a warm and inviting sanctuary where cherished memories are both preserved and created.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

Right from the entrance, the movement of the volumes – full and empty – and of the lines – straight and curved – is immediately striking: verticality and depth take on new meanings, in a stylistic balance that designs a contemporary and fluid way of life.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

The different areas of the house are defined by the combination of materials – concrete, imperturbable and modern, and wood, warm and bright – and by the walls that Serena Confalonieri transforms into blocks of color thanks to Wilson&Morris mural paints.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

The main area is the large open space that hosts the living space. The living room, imagined by the designer as a place to relax and draw inspiration: here, Pixel sofa by Saba, upholstered by Loop fabric by l’Opificio, stands out like a cloud and invites guests to feel at ease. Ring coffee table, also produced by Saba, becomes a support for board games and drinks during the moments of leisure.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

Opposite the sofa, the large custom wall unit, entirely covered by Alpi surfaces from its Quadra collection in an oak finish, creates a continuous line that rises from the parquet floor up to the wall. The colorful art wall frames this large piece of furniture, where her self-productions such as Calypso glasses, Nebula bongs,  and Masai vases stand.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

Behind the sofa, the living area is connected directly to the kitchen; here we find Zdora collection’s  kitchen and dining table, designed by Serena Confalonieri in collaboration with La Pietra Compattata and Very Simple Kitchen and the Baba armchairs designed by Serena Confalonieri for MyHomeCollection. As for the lighting , the designer chooses her Mata collection designed for MM Lampadari for the kitchen, her Tropicana hanging light designed for Houtique for the dining room, and her Lotus lamp designed for Mason Editions for the living room.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

The industrial shelving in the living area collects a series of objects the owner of the house is very attached to: from the trays of her Kyma collection for Sambonet to the vintage typewriter by Olivetti, from pre-Columbian memorabilia to her Peanuts books collection, and to the vase with Lego flowers. Every detail of this house is linked to a moment or a personal memory, giving a glimpse of the designer’s most intimate soul.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

The bedroom, on the mezzanine, hosts the lamps from her Layla collection, also by MM Lampadari: the two night lights are placed on either side of the handcrafted bed, above two bedside tables. Opposite the bed, the walk-in closet is hidden by a blue and white vertical striped curtain by Perennials’ Go To Stripe collection.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

In contrast with the light shades of the rest of the house, the bathroom is characterized by very dark nuances, in shades of black and green. Here the pleated wooden cabinet with white sink and green ceramic plate from the Delfo collection, by Ceramica Cielo, stands out.

Casa Lambrate, Milan, IT / Serena Confalonieri

Serena Confalonieri’s new home takes the shape of a nest, a place where every corner jealously preserves a part of life while leaving room for everything that still has to happen in the future of the two owners.

Image courtesy of Beppe Brancato