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CESCOLINA² – MILAN

Location: Milan
Year: 2020

Cescolina² is the “older sister” of Cescolina, the first home of Selina Bertola (founder of the studio) and her family, “to the square” because in the meantime the family has doubled and from 2 it has gone to 4. This house has something magical, also linked to particular coincidences of fate that convinced Selina to pursue her dream and buy it.
The house had been renovated in the late 90s by a Milanese architect who had masterfully transformed an old factory into a home where light is the real protagonist. The house is spread over 4 levels, connected by a sculptural staircase that overlooks the large inclined window. The house looks like a modern reinterpretation of the Roman Domus, which opens onto a central courtyard, in this house made of windows that look at each other. The interiors have been revised, but the plan layout has remained almost unchanged, with the exception of a few small demolitions. ‘Eclectic’ is the adjective that best describes the choices followed in the interiors, a succession of
colorful environments, different from each other, as if they were small neighborhoods within a city, each characterized by its own spirit. As much as it can be generically defined Loft, this house manages to maintain separation and privacy, with a secluded and traditional sleeping area. The entrance opens onto a large room that allows the gaze to perceive the complex architecture of the house, in the background the large double-height

window that floods the space with light. Here the neon sign Cescolina², crowned by a large chandelier, welcomes those who enter. On this floor are the double bedroom with its bathroom
in Moroccan cement tiles with gray-green nuances and the children’s bedroom, with a bathroom directly connected. On this level there is another small guest bathroom strongly characterized by the Fornasetti Theater wallpaper. The staircase continues towards the highest part of the house, where there is the kitchen with island overlooking the courtyard and the dining room. The kitchen has clean lines, characterized by a Statuario marble, in the dining area the blue table designed specifically for the project captures the view, accompanied by a wall colored by photographs and illustrations. From this level it is possible to access the spacious terrace. Going down the stairs you reach the TV area and the study. The TV area is very colorful, characterized by a large Hermes wallpaper with an illustration by the French artist Kevin Lucbert, the sofas are the Togo by Ligne Roset, the carpet is a purchase of Selina on a trip to Morocco and
the library was specially designed by her for the environment. The study, which is located on the same level, is instead characterized by a more retro flavor, lamp, furniture and decorations are family memories. On the lower floor, the descent was an excuse to create a cinema room, a truly unique setting for a Milanese.

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Living Corriere, October 2020 > article

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