Agape

residential. In the historical centre of the city that was for centuries the seat of the Gonzaga Duchy, a seventeenth century palazzo with adjoining garden has been completely restored to accommodate a family. The sensitive restoration project by architect Davide Cerini, project manager of Lissoni Associati in Milan, took a very long time to complete, mostly due to the difficulty in obtaining permits from the Authorities. The project immediately ran into double trouble: on the one hand it was necessary to preserve the characteristics of a historic property of great artistic value and on the other the building needed to be adapted to the pace and style of contemporary life. These constraints led to a painstaking design project and some unusual solutions. The house is on three levels, from the living room- gym to the attic used as a sleeping area, with the first floor housing a large living room and kitchen. A white metal staircase carries you upstairs, accompanied along the way by a thread of light running up the bannister. This impressive mass has the evocative strength of a sculpture, successfully installed among the frescoes and antique decorations. The overall design makes ample use of contemporary architectural elements, even in the bathrooms. Here, the concrete pigmented paste used for finishing the walls gives the space materiality and fits perfectly in with the plasticity of the thick ancient walls. Significant also are the solutions adopted to illuminate the centre of the house, and especially the many bathrooms, all furnished with Agape products. In one of these, the Ottocento Cristalplant® biobased bathtub, designed by Benedini Associati, is illuminated directly from above by light that filters through the new single frame fixtures, giving the project one of its most beautiful details. Completing the room are the Flat XL system, Memory taps, Nudo mirror and Surf accessory. In another bathroom, the richness of the frescoes contrasts with the sober linearity of the Flat XL composition in teak, with Cube washbasin accompanied by Fez taps, Nudo mirror and Sen accessories.

Project's products

Cube
Washbasins / wall mounted
design Benedini Associati, 2003

Fusilli
Mirrors / without light
design Benedini Associati, 1997

Memory rectangular
Mirrors / with light
design Benedini Associati, 2010

Nivis
Washbasins / column
design Andrea Morgante (Shiro Studio) - Shiro Studio, 2010

Nudo
Mirrors / without light
design RD Agape, 2006

Ottocento
Bathtubs / free-standing
design Benedini Associati, 2010

Ottocento 001
Washbasins / built-in
design Benedini Associati, 2008

Pear 2
Sanitary ware / wall mounted toilets
design Patricia Urquiola, 2010

Pic-nic 63 cm
Accessories and extras / towel holders
design Benedini Associati, 1993

Sen 40 cm
Accessories and extras / shelves
design Gwenael Nicolas, Curiosity, 2008

Surf
Accessories and extras / toothbrush holders
design Benedini Associati, 2007

Surf dispenser sapone
Accessories and extras / dispensers
design Benedini Associati, 2007

Architect

Davide Cerini

Sandra Minuzzo and Davide Cerini open the studio in Milano in 2007. From here they collaborate with a small number of employees and a network of qualified and specialized suppliers who are growing together through their creations.

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