When the owners of the Paris apartment fell in love with it they say it was because they “were struck by the brightness of the rooms, although we thought the space had to be reorganized”. So Codebò and Vergnano, interior designers from Turin who had already worked on Le Due Matote, in Bossolasco, in the Langhe district, were given a free hand for designing a space on several levels. The result was an utterly Parisian apartment with a view over the rooftops and all the bedrooms leading off a distinctive sitting room, some exotic touches, an tongue-in-cheek nod to chinoiseries, and outsize defining walls clad in lacquered mandarin tapestries.
The large kitchen was fitted with a long workbench recovered from an old grocery store, restored and redesigned for use here. It skirts the dining room, which has a fireplace and lit candles that usher us into a 1930s’ Parisian mood. The light of Paris streams through orange and purple silk curtains, glancing off antique kilims and the owner’s collection of photography books. The apartment is furnished with vintage items, found in antique shops, at auctions, or in the city’s flea markets. Every piece is part of a creative whole, respecting the spirit of the dwelling but not without humour.
“If I really have to express how I design and seek to breathe life into interiors, I’d say that I’m keen to respect the spirit of the place and repurpose it for contemporary use,” says Andrea Codebò
Turin’s Via Garibaldi is a gem comprising eighteenth-century buildings, and is the location of the Relais Le Due Matote, the Turin branch of the more famous Bossolasco Le Due Matote, in the Langhe. The firm’s renovation project for an apartment comprising several attics preserved the enchanting layout of the dwelling amid the rooftops, and focused on decoration and recherché styling.
The inner courtyard entrance, shrouded in jasmine, leads into a living room where breakfast is served. The décor is played out on chestnut and oak floors, linen curtains with dark edging, and antique rugs to buffer the sounds of the city, making the apartment unusually quiet for a place in the old town. Filled with antique furniture and objects steeped in history, the pleasantly welcoming atmosphere attracts mainly overseas visitors who are now regulars at Le Due Matote Torino.
“We opted for furniture from various sources and different eras, but sharing the same unobtrusive elegance,” say Andrea and Chiara, who also designed Le Due Matote’s motif for linens, raw silk blankets and breakfast china.