In a Renovated Apartment in Udine, Cristina Celestino Shows the Softer Side of Brutalism
What’s the first thing you notice when you scroll through images of this renovated 1970s-era apartment in Udine, Italy? Is it the pink-on-pink walls, a kind of blush and bashful situation? Is it the delicate, fan-shaped Afra and Tobia Scarpa floor lamp (which, we’re predicting, is about to blow up in a big way)? Is it the conversation-pit–like living room, covered in wall-to-wall travertine tiles? The incredible artworks sprinkled throughout by Matete Martini? The genius of Milan-based designer Cristina Celestino is that her interiors give you the space to notice each of these things, but no one element knocks the others out of balance. Located in a Brutalist concrete building designed in 1978 by architect Bodini Massimo Camillo, the apartment was renovated as a pied-à-terre for a couple whose primary home is in the Venetian countryside. The building itself mixes blunter aesthetics with a kind of softness, from a rosy textured plaster on the stairwells to a rounded canopy at the main entrance — and the apartment reflects that. We especially love the door frames and baseboards done up in matte black wood, which offers something of a counterpoint to sweeter touches like Celestino’s brick-colored bouclé sofa and the scalloped Frisée chairs she designed for Billiani. Vintage silver accessories and rattan accents finish off the space nicely.
PHOTOS BY MATTIA BALSAMINI