At home with Riki with MTV Cribs Italia

It’s not hers yet home dreams, but slowly it becomes. To tell it is Riki personally at the land registry office Riccardo Marcuzzo. And then opens second season from MTV Cribs Italy: with a section dedicated to the pop star who will go in the air Wednesday, February 16 at 9 pm on MTV (Sky channel 131 and streaming at NOW). Between pop sounds and – what a surprise – even design, the TV channel and the singer have opened the doors to this Milanese residence for us. And they opened them for you too: welcome. Casual, honest, smiling: who could have ever imagined that behind the angel’s gaze, young, very young, was a rough personality. The general public knows him for his voice, which he has elbowed among many at a successful talent show. Instead, we sat face to face with him – on our right side designed by Philippe Starck and vice versa Eames – we are so lucky to get hold of an artistic side that until now has been tacitly hidden between the walls of a house in a suburban neighborhood. Because, after turning off the microphones, Riki’s pencil filled a white sheet and designed a two-story apartment with a modern character with a multifunctional Dada kitchen and wardrobe system by Molteni & C. “In my head I was a designer from an early age “I drew. I also drew on school desks. Chiaroscuri, cards, draperies, I tried out complex illustrations that also spanned the furniture world. I portrayed chairs and lamps and I had a passion for stadiums,” he told us.

Riki and the chairs Capitol by Pierre Jeanneret for Cassina

MTV Cribs Italy

MTV Cribs cameras frame the drawings and then go into the spaces. Riki is a perfect cicero: “I want to invent”, he tells us. So his house is the result of a work that lasted two years, with an explosion of inspiration during the first lockdown, in March 2020, when there was only singing left in the shower. Music and design? “Yes, the two worlds travel in parallel for me, they have the same meaning. I actually also want to emphasize my professional side as a designer to make it known to my entire audience. Design makes you feel good just like music.” While the palaces turned off lights and systems (and Riki’s concerts were postponed), this space sanctuary was born, where the lighting was designed to create different atmospheres. And then the house talks and says (also) Wabi Sabi. The Japanese philosophy of imperfection, which materializes in the finish of the apartment, establishes a pleasant dialogue with Italian and Nordic design. “The goal was to be able to combine different styles in a single room without colliding with each other.” And then he adds: “Every day I fall in love with a different design piece”. But the armchair Utrecht by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld for Cassina it’s like a throne in the living room: it combines the rational features of design as well as the most biting accents. “She’s haughty, yet perfect,” says Riki, who points out how happy he is for her too. ground lamp Mantis by Bernard Schottlander for the DCW edition: “its elegance is contained in the ability to almost disappear”.

Riki and the chair Botolo by Cini Boeri for Arflex

MTV Cribs Italy

He continues: “From the beginning, I wanted this house to be a place where I could rest between concerts, above all to be productive, writing. So I imagined it as a sanctuary. For example, I would not have , that the studio should be inside the house because I know knowing myself would never stop working “. Extremely difficult to find, among brick-colored buildings with industrial style, Riki’s house says a lot about contemporary lifestyle. Is not this also one of the radical themes in contemporary music? It is true that by jumping on a tram it is possible to reach the city center in thirty or forty minutes, but the choice to live outside the city center also comes from a childhood spent between Cernusco sul Naviglio and Pessano con Bornago: “we live you affect us a lot.the hinterland we invent things because we do not have them at hand. “Closed the doors -” now the house can rest “- and with ambitions in his pocket, Riki is back on television, but we know that design remains a flower of his creativity.

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