nly 27 sqm and a kitchenette in the entrance, but this apartment was love at first sight for Florentine architect Silvia Allori. Silvia was looking for a property to rent, somewhere to stay while she commutes from Florence to Milan. This tiny apartment was only for sale but she didn’t have to think twice about it and bought it on the spot.
This apartment was originally designed in the seventies by architect Roberto Monsani, it turns a tiny plan into a truly multifunctional space. During the day, it can easily go from bedroom to office and living room.
Furniture is made from a modular structure based on two units only (113 cm x 165 deep and 195 cm lengthwise), which goes around the perimeter of the room alternating between bed, sofas and multipurpose platforms. Furniture as such is practically superfluous, just two chairs around the table which unfolds to reveal alcove shelving.
Besides a wood-effect hard rubber flooring, white laminate is the other main material used. It clads the whole living room, concealing not just the cupboards but also the walls themselves. Neon lighting between walls and laminate. Light filters through small circular holes in the panels. Supports for shelving slot in these holes. This results in a sort of portable bookcase, which can be freely moved around.
This tiny apartment is immensely practical. Silvia Allori has preserved the original structure, choosing delicate colours for platforms and sofa upholstery, once orange in true seventies style. Silvia was inspired by the warm tones of the floor; this gives a “softer” and welcoming feel to her tiny super-functional home. Plus, the original design is so brilliant that it’s still really current, even almost fifty years along the line!
Tiny apartment with multifunctional living room
Location: Florence, Italy
Size: 27 sqm + entrance and bathroom
Arch. Roberto Monsani
Silvia Allori architetto
Via di San Niccolò 115, Florence
Tel: 0039 (0) 327 9444294
Courtesy Silvia Allori
Credits Simone Bossi