Elegant eye-catcher: Flos Frisbi

The Frisbi Suspension Lamp  is one of our favorite pendant light fixtures. The Frisbi lamp was designed by Achille Castiglioni for Flos, the Italian modern lighting brand. This Castiglioni-designed pendant lamp is a classic in the history of modern lighting. Achille Castiglioni designed the Frisbi lamp in 1964 and it went in production at Flos in 1978.

Its name invokes the iconic toy best played in a park, but this light is seriously smart.  The function of this lamp is to illuminate directly the top of the table, with a precise light cone, emitting a diffused and reflected light: all by one single bulb.  With its chrome reflector and opal diffuser, the Frisbi Suspension Lamp can deliver direct, diffused and reflected light. With its three fine steel cables, the unit can be suspended from any ceiling.

Offering three types of illumination—diffused, direct, and reflected—the FRISBI doubles down designed Achille Castiglioni’s ability to play with the power of illusion. Frisbi remains one of the most popular designs in the Flos lighting collection. A MoMa design collection award winner, this contemporary light fixture looks beautiful and perfectly lights up any room.

Frisbi looks wonderful when used in the living room or when suspended over a dining table. Whether it is switched on or off, the Frisbi always shines due to its innovative design.


Achille Castiglioni – Italian Architect and Designer

 Achille Castiglioni was born in Milan on February 16th 1918. In 1944 he graduated in Architecture from Politecnico of Milan. One of the great masters of Italian design, he has a long list of awards he has received, including eight Compassi d’Oro. His activity as a designer is an unmistakable blend of simplicity, irony and fun and it shows his close interest in the way objects are used, in the potential offered by technology and in the use of new materials.

Since 1940, he has been experimenting industrial products with his brothers Livio (1911-1979) and Pier Giacomo (1913-1968). After the graduation, he started to looking into forms, techniques and new materials, conceiving a complete design process.

From 1945 to 1962, he leaded the studio’s activities with his brother Pier Giacomo in a studio in Milan at Corso di Porta Nuova 57, the building was knocked down in 1962, so they transferred the studio in Piazza Castello 27, where he collaborated with Pier Giacomo until he died in 1968. From 1968 to 2002, when Achille died, he has been leading the studio by himself.

He achieved  in 1969 the teaching qualification on “Artistic Design for Industry” from the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione (Ministry of Public Education) and he taught at Turin Architecture University until 1980. Afterwards he acquired the teaching post in Politecnico of Milan until 1993 as fulltime “Industrial Design” professor.

Achille and Pier Giacomo’s industrial designs were smart and playful, and most of the works they did together are not attributable exclusively to either one of them. Among these works are the light designs they did for FLOS, such as: Taraxacum ceiling lamp and Gatto table lamp (1960), Beehive -or Splügen Braü lamp (1961), Toio –or Toy lamp (1962),  Arco lamp (1962), Taccia lamp (1962), and Snoopy lamp (1967). But they also designed playful furnishings products during this time; some examples are: Sello stool for Zanotta (1957), Sgabello per Telefono, a telephone stool in the shape of a bicycle seat, and the Mezzardo, or sharecropper’s stool, for Zanotta (1957); the RR 226 stereo system (1965); and the Sanluca chair for Gavina (1961).

Maden Group #77

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Maden Group #77
Maden Group
Maden Group
Pristina, Kosovo
95 m2
Atdhe Mulla

Interier dhe arkitekture

“The boot maker for his own has old shoes,” this is an old phrase we have challenged and we tried to show the opposite.

Architecture Studio designed by themselves!

Projekt interieri, arkitekture

It has not been easy to think for ourselves and at the same time the desire to show the best we can do, as well as managing our own budget … quite complicated!. The very compact space for a team of 13 people – the determining factor for treating space with care and efficiency.

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Our desire to express positive energy in this studio, as well as the concept we follow in each project- to add value to less valuable things, results in a multicolored environment with lightly shaded nuances and composed contrasts. In appreciating and respecting the rough construction materials (concrete, clay blocks) we try to show that each stage of construction has its own importance and at the same time we show that the rough in combination with art may seem soft and lovely. Art makes that every material, light or strong, soft or rough, to become part of the orchestra, making them joyful together.

Projekt interieri, arkitekture
Projekt interieri, arkitekture
Projekt interieri, arkitekture

Graffiti dancing in the office, starts from the white epoxy floor towards concrete walls, clay block walls, wooden cabinets and across the all doors. Dominates the office as a selfish work, which does not consider anything that goes in front of it. It dominates everything! This work, created by Mimoza Rraci and designed by the architects, shows the most valuable thing we have – our projects, those that make us to be distinguished, those for us are everything.

Projekt interieri, arkitekture
Projekt interieri, arkitekture

This signifies the traces of our offices, which the architect and architecture layers by time, this makes us feel responsible for everything we do and at the same time important to our power.

Organizing spaces as much separated as common, shows the greatest value we have – ” Team ”, where each one of us is more valuable.

Projekt interieri, arkitekture
Projekt interieri, arkitekture
Projekt interieri, arkitekture

The position on the 14th floor, the highest floor of the Kulla Muhaxhereve, is an added value which overlooks the city of Pristina and far away, inspires us all the time and especially in the sunset afternoon over the hills.

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For the purpose of architecture in Kosovo, a unique office that gives comfort, embraces society and works creatively, we decided in 2009 to open Maden Group.

In our projects we always strive to integrate new elements, in step with the achievements of today’s technology and materials, always giving them different dimensions and colors to our jobs but without losing their identity.

In order to give me another job to do, occasionally trying to avoid monotony and create a creative environment, and move the office to different environments.

For us, a good and social environment always results in successful work.


Rem Koolhaas (Rotterdam, 1944) is that rare combination of visionary and implementer—philosopher and pragmatist—theorist and prophet—an architect whose ideas about buildings and urban planning made him one of the most discussed contemporary architects in the world even before any of his design projects came to fruition.

He has demonstrated many times over his ability and creative talent to confront seemingly insoluble or constrictive problems with brilliant and original solutions. In every design there is a free-flowing, democratic organization of spaces and functions with an unselfconscious tributary of circulation that in the end dictates a new unprecedented architectural form. In 1975, he founded OMA together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp.

His architecture is an architecture of essence; ideas given built form. He is an architect obviously comfortable with the future and in close communication with its fast pace and changing configurations. One senses in his projects the intensity of thought that forms the armature resulting in a house, a convention center, a campus plan, or a book. He has firmly established himself in the pantheon of significant architects of the last century and the dawning of this one. For just over twenty years of accomplishing his objectives—defining new types of relationships, both theoretical and practical, between architecture and the cultural situation, and for his contributions to the built environment, as well as for his ideas, he is awarded in 2000 with the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Netherlands Dance Theater, 1987

The Netherlands Dance Theatre, completed in 1987, was OMA’s first major project. It was originally conceived in 1980 as an extension to a circus theatre in Scheveningen, a seaside resort in The Hague. In 1984, the design was adapted for a new site – the Spui Complex – in the centre of The Hague. Koolhaas’s theater shared the site with a hotel and a concert hall, incorporating the latter’s exterior wall in a shared foyer.

Nexus World Housing, 1991

This project consists of 24 individual houses in the Kashi District of Fukuoka, Japan, each three stories high, packed together to form two blocks. Each house is penetrated by a private vertical courtyard that introduces light and space into the center.

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Villa dall’Ava, 1991

The villa is situated on a hill which slopes steeply toward the Seine, the Bois de Boulogne, and the city of Paris, in a neighbourhood characterised by 19th century houses in a classical “Monet” landscape. The house is conceived as a glass pavilion containing living and dining areas, with two hovering, perpendicular apartments shifted in opposite directions to exploit the view. They are joined by the swimming pool which rests on the concrete structure encased by the glass pavilion.

Kunsthal, 1992

The Kunsthal combines 3300 square meters of exhibition space, an auditorium and restaurant into one compact design. Sloping floor planes and a series of tightly organized ramps provide seamless connection between the three large exhibition halls and two intimate galleries. Its position, wedged between a busy highway and the network of museums and green spaces known as the museum park, allows it to function as a gateway to Rotterdam’s most prized cultural amenities.

Maison à Bordeaux, 1998

The Maison à Bordeaux is a private residence of three floors on a cape-like hill overlooking Bordeaux. The lower level is a series of caverns carved out from the hill, designed for the most intimate life of the family; the ground floor on garden level is a glass room – half inside, half outside – for living; and the upper floor is divided into a children’s and a parents’ area. The heart of the house is a 3×3.5m elevator platform that moves freely between the three floors, becoming part of the living space or kitchen or transforming itself into an intimate office space, and granting access to books, artwork, and the wine cellar.

Seattle Central Library, 2004

At a moment when libraries are perceived to be under threat from a shrinking public realm on one side and digitization on the other, the Seattle Central Library creates a civic space for the circulation of knowledge in all media, and an innovative organizing system for an ever-growing physical collection – the Books Spiral. The library’s various programs are intuitively arranged across five platforms and four flowing “in between” planes, which together dictate the building’s distinctive faceted shape, offering the city an inspiring building that is robust in both its elegance and its logic.

Seoul National University Museum Of Art, 2005

The Seoul National University Museum is defined by its siting on the side of a small hill, close to the entrance of the university. The building’s form was conceived as a basic rectangular box, sliced diagonally by the incline of the hill. This form is then raised up on a small central core – the only point of contact with the ground – so the building is nearly all cantilever, extending up and down the hill, following the topography precisely and appearing to hover above it.

Casa da Musica, 2005

The Casa da Musica attempts to reinvigorate the traditional concert hall in another way: by redefining the relationship between the hollowed interior and the general public outside. The Casa da Musica, the new home of the National Orchestra of Porto, stands on a new public square in the historic Rotunda da Boavista. It has a distinctive faceted form, made of white concrete, which remains solid and believable in an age of too many icons.

CCTV – Headquarters, 2012

The CCTV headquarters aims at an alternative to the exhausted typology of the skyscraper. Instead of competing in the race for ultimate height and style within a traditional two-dimensional tower ‘soaring’ skyward, CCTV’s loop poses a truly three-dimensional experience, culminating in a 75-metre cantilever. The building is visible from most of Beijing; it sometimes comes across as big and sometimes small, from some angles strong and from others soft.

De Rotterdam, 1997 – 2013

De Rotterdam is conceived as a vertical city: three interconnected mixed-use towers accommodating offices, apartments, a hotel, conference facilities, shops, restaurants, and cafes. The project began in 1997. Construction started at the end of 2009, with completion in 2013. The towers are part of the ongoing redevelopment of the old harbour district of Wilhelminapier, next to the Erasmus Bridge, and aim to reinstate the vibrant urban activity – trade, transport, leisure – once familiar to the neighbourhood.


Indoor Plants Decoration Tips

We have written many articles about interior design trends. Among all the decoration tips, one was in every trend:  PLANTS. And this is the subject of our article. Every interior design must include plants in it. They not only add colors to the house, but they give life to the room and tranquility to the spirit. Plants are a perfect decoration tool and you can use them as a styling detail among your house decor. Here are some ways how to use plants as decoration.

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1. Create a living wall

You can turn your gallery wall  in a true art space. Give your wall a fresh feeling by adding some living, breathing greenery. A liveable shelf is better than a traditional one, if you fill it with hanging plants too.

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2. Bring nature in

Are you very into nature? Create an indoor forest with oversized plants, combined with earth toned furniture. Make yourself comfortable in your living room, breathing in fresh air, and you would never want to go out again.

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3. Keep your desk on point

Potted plants can live a long time and they are a design feature on your furniture. Use them on your desk or dining room tables as living, breathing decorations. If you require something small to spruce up a desk use a terrarium; the perfect home for tiny plants.

4. Hanging plants art

If you live in a small apartment, hanging plants are the perfect decoration because they don’t have a footprint. This way you save more space and give your interior an organic design. Hanging plants are the best choice for high ceilings too, choose the ones that makes the most of it.

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5.  Group pot plants

Grouping different species together on a hanging shelf or in a corner, is a great option that adds depth and diversity to a space. Use this tip if you’re short on surface space, or are simply looking to make more of a contemporary feature out of your house plants.

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6. Divide spaces

Walls and solid doors are so out of our intrests. Instead, divide spaces with a shelf full of plants, outlining different parts of a room and at the same time, giving more air and freshness to the space.

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7. Use large plants decoration

Bring a large plant next to your sofa as a decoration. It is often an area that can be neglected or it can be an a empty corner. A large plant dresses and makes the space living. Clusters of plants especially work well in room corners too, where nothing else fits, saving them for being wasted spaces.

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8.  Fill up kitchen with plants

The kitchen is the most important facility in the house, especially for a woman. To create a fresh space while cooking, pack out the corners with pots of easy-care, steam-loving evergreens. Paint the walls in a deep green and you’ll feel like you are cooking in a fresh open space.

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Best Indoor Plants For Your Home

According to San Diego Botanicals , these are the best indoor plants that you can use not only as home decor, but to purify the air too.

This petite plant’s waxy and colorful foliage is a striking detail to spice up your living room.

Boston fern
This delicate-looking lacy fern is actually pretty tough, and it will add a jazzy yet elegant touch to your home’s interior.

Culinary aficionado’s favorite house plant, mint is also a powerful insect repellant. On top of all that, its irresistible scent boosts brain power.

Weeping fig
This spectacular-looking tree-like plant is a must-have interior design element, in addition to its low-maintenance expectations and ability to improve indoor air quality.

Peace lily
Often voted one of the best indoor plants, Peace lily does not only boast gorgeous flowers, but also high efficiency at tackling airborne toxins.

Due to its extremely low care needs, incredible ability to eliminate formaldehyde from the air and beautifully variegated leaves, this trailing vine is everything you could look for in a plant.

Aloe vera
Easy to care for, this leafy succulent is well known for its amazing health benefits, among which is eliminating air toxins.

Spider plant
Although it’s best known as a decorative house plant, spider plant actually offers pure, toxin-free air and, in terms of care, has pretty modest expectations.

Snake plant
Extremely efficient at purifying air from toxins, this easy-maintenance plant with tall, snazzy leaves is the perfect addition to your badroom or bathroom.

Not only does this heart-shaped plant absorb air toxins, but it’s also easy to grow and maintain. On top of that, the climbing vine can transform any room from dull to lively.

English ivy
Besides being the number one air-filtering plant, English ivy is easy to grow and looks endlessly beautiful cascading from the floor.

Dental Studio aa

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Dental Studio aa
Dental Studio
Jora Kasapi Architecture & Design
Jora Kasapi
Tirana, Albania


The main intention was to give a fresh, modern and at the same time, comfortable/calming atmosphere to the space created. A dental clinic that doesn’t intimidate, as it mostly happens towards this space typologies. This intention is conveyed in the choice of light blue celestial and white colors together with the choice to use natural terrariums and plants in it.

Also to reduce as much as possible the sense of anxiety, we played with transparency, as the one used in between the waiting room and the working areas. All the other advanced spaces like laboratories, x-ray room, resting space are designed to provide a more organized and healthy environment for both people working there and patients.


Alvaro Siza, whose full name is Alvaro Joaquim de Meio Siza Vieira, was born on June 25, 1933 in the small coastal town of Matosinhos, just north of Porto, Portugal. Siza studied at the University of Porto School of Architecture from 1949 through 1955, completing his first built works (four houses in Matosinhos) even before ending his studies in 1954. That same year he opened his private practice in Porto.

The architecture of Alvaro Siza is a joy to the senses and uplifts the spirit. Each line and curve is placed with skill and sureness. Siza maintains that architects invent nothing, rather they transform in response to the problems they encounter. His enrichment of the world’s architectural vocabulary and inventory, over the past four decades, provides ample justification to present him with the 1992 Pritzker Architecture Prize, as well as the good wishes that he continues his transformations.

Siza Vieira’s very first professional project is  Casa de Chá da Boa Nova built on the rocks, between 1958 and 1963, just two feet from the water. Distinctive mid-century design features are evident in the lines and angles of the structure and massive tiled roof.  Among Siza’s earliest works to gain public attention was a public pool complex, Piscinas de Marés, he created in the 1960s for Leça da Palmeira, The structures consist of two natural pools filled with fresh sea water, designed and built between 1959 and 1973,  situated 1 km from Casa de Chá da Boa Nova.

Casa de Chá da Boa Nova
Piscinas de Marés

Siza’s first built work outside of his native country was  Bonjour Tristesse social housing project (1984), located in Berlin. Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision. Siza’s characteristic attention to spatial relationships and appropriateness of form are as germane to a single family residence as they are to a much larger social housing complex or office building. The essence and quality of his work is not affected by scale.

Bonjour Tristesse

Most of his best known works are located in his hometown Porto: except Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, the Faculty of Architecture (1987–93) and the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (1997). Álvaro Siza was invited in the early 1990s to design the Serralves Museum project that took into consideration the specific characteristics of the physical setting and the need for integration within the surrounding landscape.

Faculty of Architecture
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art

Like the early Modernists, his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest. They solve design problems directly. If shade is needed, an overhanging plane is placed to provide it. If a view is desired, a window is made. Stairs, ramps and walls all appear to be foreordained in a Siza building. That simplicity, upon closer examination however, is revealed as great complexity. Structure and architectural form in Siza’s buildings work in graceful harmony, such as the cultural institution and museum of Iberê Camargo Foundation (1995) and Portuguese National Pavilion (1998).

Iberê Camargo Foundation
Portuguese National Pavilion

If Post Modernism had not claimed the term, and distorted its meaning, Alvaro Siza’s buildings might legitimately have been called by that name. His architecture proceeds directly from Modernist influences that dominated the field from 1920 to 1970. We can see this in his religious architecture too. From Santa Maria Church de Canaveses in 1996, to the recent design of  the Church of Saint Jacques de la Lande in France. Materiality is signature in Siza’s work and is represented in both churches made of concrete.

Santa Maria Church de Canaveses
Church of Saint Jacques de la Lande

While Siza himself would reject categorization, his architecture, as an extension of Modernist principles and aesthetic sensibility, is also an architecture of various respects: respect for the traditions of his native Portugal, a country of time worn materials and shapes; respect for context; and finally, respect for the times in which today’s architect practices with all its constraints and challenges.

Mimesis Museum
China Museum Of Design Bauhaus Collection

Siza has been involved in numerous designs for public housing, public pools, universities and museums.  Some of them have reached the boarders of Asia, in South Korea with Mimesis Museum (2009), in collaboration with Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados and Jun Sung Kim. And in China with The Building on the Water (2014)and China Museum Of Design Bauhaus Collection (2018), in collaboration with Carlos Castanheira.

The Building on the Water


Poldina Table Lamp

Poldina Table Lamp by AI Lati Lights combines simple timeless shapes with modern technology. Poldina’s tall minimalist frame is a discrete addition to desktops and side tables. The lamp features a polycarbonate diffuser in the lamp head, where it provides downward illumination. Without wires, as a re-chargeable lamp, Poldina is made to take with you for up to 9 hours. The table lamp bares a semi-decorative look rather than a functional one. Poldina is perfect for indoor or outdoor use.

Ai Lati creates decorative and technical lighting and was established in Italy in 2005 by Federico de Majo, a Venetian designer with a family background in glass lighting. They do one thing and do it exceptionally well – create exquisite artisanally-crafted lamps in simple architectural shapes, made by an incomparable material for the diffusion of light.

 Poldina comes in other forms such as Poldina pendant,  Poldina wall and Poldina floor. You can find the lamp in Albania in every A BI ESSE showroom.

5 Small Apartment Interior Design Ideas

Many of us live in a small apartment and there are many reasons behind that fact. But what is important is how can we turn this small space in a comfortable and stylish larger space. Small apartments could be difficult fitting in everything and making it cute at the same time. And that is what makes small space design a funny challenge.

Even though there is no specific formula when it comes to designing a small home or a studio apartment, there are a few keys to success that we have listed below for you.

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1. Keep it neutral

Calm, even-toned colored rooms make the space appear more bigger. This is the number one trick to optically change the size of a room. Add some textures to spice it up or  a rug to differ the floor from the walls.

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2. Create optical illusions with mirrors and curtains

This is the oldest trick in the list. Mirrors will make your space feel larger, lighter, and airier. And this adds a lot of style to your interior without having to use much space. On the other hand curtains hung well above the window impart airiness and height, making the space feel bigger.

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3. Use smart storage

Choose a custom storage unit instead of a regular bed frame for your mattress, so you create room for storage under the bed, or have it sit on a set of simple risers to create space for storage underneath. You can place shelves over your bed too, you don’t lose nearly as much valuable square footage. Even a windowsill can provide extra storage space for decor, books, lighting, and other essentials when there’s no room for an extra shelf.

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4. Create zones

Separate spaces not with walls but with shelves, curtains or even a partial glass wall. Tearing down walls or solid doors for glass or simple structures,  open up views and connect adjacent spaces. This way your small apartment feels bigger and lighter, and above more stylish.

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5. Think vertical

Tiny space are so easy to overlook, especially when there is no room for decor. If you don’t have enough horizontal space to decorate your apartment, go vertical. Use hanging or high-mounted elements in spaces between the top of the furniture and the ceiling. You can make your apartment feel higher by taking bookshelves and cabinets all the way up the walls.

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Extra. Use strategic furnishing

You can save extra space in your apartment by mounting your TV on the wall or above the fireplace instead of using a media console. Also replace your regular table with a round one so the used space is smaller and you can move freely in your kitchen. When guests are coming over, bring some extra seating that can fold up and be very compact and easily store away.

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An apartment full of life

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Martini Design Studio
Ingrid Martini

Armand Habazaj
Interni Design

Ingrid Martin, an architect and interior designer, when getting a new project first studies the space. The organisational plan and the dynamics of moving around the facilities are essential for an interior project. The first confrontation is with the architectural structure, a new building, with contemporary parameters with a high level of finishes

The existing plan of the apartment did not match the lifestyle and requirements of the new residents, so it had to be redesigned so that the night and day zones could be separated.

One of the requirements of the apartment residents was that the cooking area could be apart from the living room area, separated by a door. That would make the living space not only feel smaller but also the person who would take care of the cooking to feel isolated from the rest of the house.

For this reason, it was decided that the wall that defined the cooking area in the original plan, to be replaced by a new one, but this time made of glass. It is about a big glass surface of unusual dimensions for an apartment: full 300 cm of length
This immediately gave the apartment a new breath to the day zone.

The first  space  of the apartment that  is presented  is the corridor, with a reduced size but lacking contours, is  perceived  larger than it actually is. This also comes with a whole folding mirror panel, which behind hides a shoe closet . Proper lighting and the selected chromatic palette  helped in making  this space very enjoyable.

Next, we move to the salon, where at the back of the large sofa, stands the large glass wall, which restricts cooking area, making the spaces merge with each other, and percieving the volume bigger than it is. The living area is compact but also loose, aimed for comfort, which is primary, but also for fluid circulation, as this space is the heart of the home.

In the extension of the salon, it comes in an open plan the dining area and a small library.

The cooking area is easily accessible, both from the living area and from the main entrance of the house.  For this space, it has been chosen for this space a modern, almost minimalist design, very clean in lines and volumes, with a rigorous rhythm of the folding dimensions. The sand color is what unifies the materials and gives it a light, transparent feel, almost as if suspended.

Colors are a distinctive element of the architect, which is known for their bold and unusual selection. The color game is present in all three rooms and is accompanied by very elegant pastel tones.
Added to this is the high sensitivity to the selection of fabrics and upholstery, layered lighting, generating so balance but also a lot of warmth.


Ingrid Martini is an architect and interior designer, specialized in creating the interior design of the facility. With 17 years of experience in the field of interiors, with a wide variety of jobs that stand out in their variety and diversity. In the wide panorama of interior architects, Ingrid is undoubtedly a prominent and a very stylish voice.