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Studio Peregalli | Updated a Classic Milan Townhouse

Studio Peregalli is here! The townhouse in the heart of Milan seems to have developed naturally, as if every stone, vault, and piece of fenestration were commanded from within. Don’t be deceived; Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini of Studio Peregalli conjured the structure’s opulent old-world appearance out of empty air.

The ancient gilt-bronze chandelier is French, the 19th-century table is Italian, and the settees are made to order. The tapestry is made up of two new panels created by ornamental artists on either side of a 19th-century English canvas panel in the center.

The five-story structure underwent two very different makeovers. Built in the Rococo style in 1908, it underwent a complete Brutalist makeover in the 1970s that involved removing every last detail. With the intention of purchasing a townhouse, particularly one with a garden, the current owners, a family with three children, relocated from London. However, these kind of structures are uncommon in the center of Milan, where single-story, larger apartment complexes are preferred.

The console is from Napoleon III, the Italian round antique table, and the English 19th-century armchair (on the left). The walls are covered with salvaged French boiserie, and the marble mantel is old.

The house was redone by Studio Peregalli. They opted to impose an internally consistent structural and aesthetic logic that didn’t reflect any one era rather than going back to the early 20th century and copying the old building’s rehash of an 18th-century style.

The wall paneling, bookshelves, and trompe l’oeil grisaille golden friezes were all created by Studio Peregalli. The artwork is an engraving of Rome from the 18th century, and the antique Persian carpets is from Isfahan.

“Our style is to reinvent the past in a way that is a sort of dream, invention, and memory all mixed together.” – Roberto Peregalli

He and Sartori Rimini compare their method to cooking, a balance of rigor and innovation that depends on carefully selected ingredients and extreme technical competence. There is no recipe. “Every room is a new invention,” she says.

The antique dresser is French, the walls are covered in a custom damask, and the 19th-century watercolor depicts a Roman column.



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