Cristina Celestino’s style inside a brutalist palace in Udine

Seventies style inside, brutalism outside. All reinterpreted with a contemporary language of Cristina Celestino and sophisticated shades such as powder pink, coral and brick color. In Udine, for a couple looking for a sober, functional and refined home, the designer transformed the interior of a 120 square meter apartment through a well-thought-out use of shades and materials.

Cristina Celestino’s style inside a brutalist palace in Udine
Photo by Mattia Balsamini

The room is located inside a 1979 residential building, designed by architect Massimo Camillo Bodini and named Residence-Club because it originally also included a floor with restaurant, swimming pool and gyms, which was never completed. A very special context that was the inspiration for the interior design project. “The building – explains Cristina Celestino – is characterized by angular and brutalist volumes combined with soft and sweet shapes, such as the body of the stairwells or the round canopy in the main entrance; the shiny burgundy of the front doors contrasts with the textured finish of concrete and rough plaster in the common areas. Through my work, I have tried to strengthen all these aspects, respected the materials and taken inspiration from the existing geometries ».

In the house it was maintained the planimetric system, is considered suitable because it consists of a living room with dining area, an independent kitchen and a well-separated sleeping area with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The most notable feature is height difference between areas: the living room is three steps lower, the rooms one. This is a typical 70’s solution that Celestino has refined by choosing a floor in smooth travertine marble that is identical to the balconies, so that they slide into each other indoors and outdoors, especially when the large full-height sliding windows are open. . Hybridization is also highlighted by the two rattan armchairs and the plant box, which partially shields the cozy table.

“I have preserved interior doors because they are very graphic and linear, as well as valuable. The Azucena panels are framed in matt black wood and are glossy lacquered in a wine color with brass handles of Dominioni hunting. The two shades of right in the project color chart ». The ceilings are white, while the walls are pink or earth-colored. The furniture is an interesting mix of historical furniture – some now out of production – and contemporary solutions. The bright space in the living room is the beating heart of the home, with the brick-colored sofa complete with a coffee table and another table designed for conversation. That earthy shades which dominates the whole house, provides space in the bathroom for the original blue-green ceramics that have been deliberately preserved. A sudden change of pace that once again wants to preserve the memory of the original mood.


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