This colorful project in the heart of Rome is titled, “True Soul of a Lawyer” by Architect and Interior Designer Maurizio Giovannoni. Its owner is a single man, a busy lawyer named Rosario, who goes to meetings in a tie and suit but wants to have a home that is a relaxing contrast to his formal profession. The owner envisioned a place to pass the time with friends and to entertain where people can be themselves without their work roles. The project reflects the philosophy of “hometelling” where all the details of the apartment are connected to the story that the overall design tells.
The theme of the apartment is yellow, it recalls the sunny days of its owner’s childhood in Suditalia, Sorrento. Creating this nostalgia was a goal for the designer since the client lives in hectic Rome. The design of the home is unique in that it has a strong artistic touch because of the gifts and contributions of various artists. On the yellow living room wall, there is a portable cactus, made of iron and a gift from designer-architect Marco Ferranti. The magnificent bookshelf, made of iron and wood, extends from the floor to the ceiling and is a commissioned work from a Taiwanese group of architects, Ganna Studio. The styling of the apartment was assisted by the architect, Rosa Topputo, who can be seen in front of the yellow signature wall.
Architect and Interior Designer Maurizio Giovannoni
The first impression of the room is the bold wallpaper by Perswall, which showcases legends of jazz. These are people who had the courage to be themselves and create standout music from their talent and creativity. The first view is always important, it is the view a visitor sees entering the apartment, It is like the opening chapter of a novel or the first chord of a musical piece; it gives the idea of the whole by just one glance. The living room encourages people to play with their identities, even to show their hidden sides. It is reminiscent of a film set because of the Flos lamps that resemble spotlights.
While the living room is impressive and powerful, the kitchen is purposely more modest and minimalist – mostly white with some joyous yellow details.
The composition of candle holders above the kitchen table is from Danish Menu’s Pov collection. The home is quite small, but this does not mean it is a hindrance for the designer, instead it is a challenge.
The apartment has a beautiful large terrace which looks over Rome from the 7th floor. The floor of the home and the terrace are made of the same material to create the effect of one continuous space. The climate in Rome is good for most of the year, so the home is practically enlarged by other 25 square meters (269 square feet).
When the renovation started, the apartment was also full of inner walls, which were all removed to let the light flow and create large open space. This idea was even extended into the bedroom, which is connected to the living room by a smart solution: one wall opened by bookshelves.
Photography: Mikko AlaPeijari