When we decided to present a project of our own creation for the Fuorisalone, we felt we wanted tell the tale of not just a place but also a gesture, a ritual, more specifically, the visit. These are the origins of The Visit.
Visiting is an act that implies a physical location as well as people who host and are received there. We started out with the intimate setting of an apartment, home to the people who inhabit the city.
Studiopepe is a design agency renowned for its eclectic and layered perspective. Founded in Milan in 2006, the agency takes a visionary and multidisciplinary approach to design. Our strongly recognizable identity is based on experimentation, citations, and unusual associations that seek uniqueness and respect the client’s individuality. Studiopepe’s projects are characterized by their emotional and aesthetic impact, melding rigour with vision, and the continuous search for contaminations of contemporary codes and languages. Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto founded Studiopepe, both coming from solid design experience; together they realize concepts and projects with strong emotional value. Given their eclectic and composite background, Studiopepe is focused on creative consultancy in all its forms.
We believe that a home is the physical transposition of our inner world.
A place where beauty envelopes us and accompanies us throughout everyday life.
The Visit is structured in a flat in Milan that dates to the early 1800’s: a succession of rooms with broad windows, stucco, and herringbone parquet. Although we respected the original floorplan, we did not want to be overly limited by it. Several spaces were redesigned through the use of curtains placed scenically between one room and another.
The wall drawings
The wall drawings that echo the ateliers of artists such as Mondrian or the Bauhaus movement become an outer skin of sorts, a pulsating upholstery that composes the fabric that permeates every setting. The furnishing elements, from the most important down to each individual object, coexist in a mutual dialogue with the colourful backgrounds that surround them.
The masters of the past actively converse with design research. The companies selected as partners are numerous, each represents excellence. The furnishings are by big names such as Gio Ponti as revised by Molteni&C, Vittoriano Vigano with Astep, Jean Prouvé with Vitra, Angelo Mangiarotti with Agapecasa, and Ettore Sottsass with Bitossi. These are masters who, above and beyond any definition, have worked with the concept of necessity, an almost visceral necessity to create projects, both useful and beautiful.
The home is the mirror of who we are, and all of us are constantly in the process of researching and evolving: we fell in love with the artisanal tradition as revisited by Pietro Russo, the neo-bourgeois spirit of Spotti Edizioni, the modernism at Atelier de Troupe, Lambert&Fils and Leftover, the cutting-edge solutions of Bulthaup for the kitchen, the visionary creativity behind the textiles by Bonotto, the quality of the velvets by L’Opificio, the handmade designs by cc-tapis, the interpretation of the contemporary bathroom by Agape, and the wild delicacy of the flowers by Green Wise.
The selected decorative elements incorporate the rigorous poetry behind Sfera, the contemporary elegance of Aytm, the beautiful colours of Bitossi Home, the comfortable softness of Shuj, as well as the freshness of Valverde.
A nearly infinite alphabet of colours from Sikkens, joined with the floor and wall coverings by Cedit and Florim, characterized by their extremely versatile composition, that in this case were cut according to our design to create domestic murals, or the soft-touch laminates by FENIX NTM® that have become sculptures that pay homage to the Memphis movement.