Walking down Città Studi looking for a place, Cristina Celestino was touched by the charm of Milan: monumental houses from the early twentieth century standing along wide, treelined streets’.

It wasn’t easy to find an apartment that responded to the desires of an architect-collector, specialized in the post war design, particularly in love with unusual interiors and who everyday uses the objects she designs in her house.
The house has a story that the architect Cristina admires and choose to handle with respect. So she decided to not touch the structure and to keep the original finishing, as evident trace of a glorious recent past, such as palladiana and wooden flooring, original doors and original fireplace.
Her house is a catalogue of ideas; not only a place where to live but an anthology of history and at the same time a stage where she presents her work. The philosophy is knowing the past to project the future.

The interior design of the apartment express harmony with the collection of remarkable Italian vintage furniture that she had created during the years, mixed with the products of her own design.
The wardrobe’s shutters that cover almost entirely the bedroom were designed by Atelier Borsani and the ceramic handles of the big sliding door dividing the sitting room and dining room, have been realised by an artisan who used to work with the same atelier.
In the entrance, the Sipario cabinet and the onyx shelf play with the trimming below that makes everything theatrical and brings back to the 40’s. In the dining room, between an iconic lamp by Mario Bellini, a piece made of turning glazed cubes and the wooden 50’s chairs.
In the living room a Borsani’s sofa and the armchairs by Joe Colombo along with the floor lamp by Kartell (1967) live side by side with her own design objects.
In the bedroom the well-known Vanessa bed by Tobia Scarpa coexists with no problem with Ecstasy, dressing table designed by Cristina few years ago for Attico Design.
Credits
Interior design: Cristina Celestino
Press office: Martina Gamboni
Photo credits: Helenio Barbetta - Living Inside