This Milanese apartment encases playful elements and monochrome scheme beautifully

Toy and furniture designers Anne Kieffer and Arnaud Mouriame' have tempered their Milanese home with a considered approach to decoration

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Photography Denise Bonenti/Living Inside

Originality, simplicity and proximity, plus an eye for the quality of materials. These are the main principles that Anne Kieffer and her husband Arnaud Mouriamé live by as furniture and toy designers at Studio delle Alpi, the company they founded in 2012. They have also been the guiding ideas when decorating their two-bedroom home and workplace in Milan, for there’s a uniqueness to the choice of risograph prints that look graphic at first glance, rude at a second and a smart simplicity in the harnessing of quiet, soft grey paint as the backdrop to the open-plan living area.

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Photography Denise Bonenti/ Living Inside

And what of proximity? Well, most of the pieces of furniture have been created by friends of the family – such as the ‘Bavaresk’ dining table by Dante- Goods And Bads – or by local design houses, such as Boffi and Artemide. There is a considered feel to how the space has been filled, an emphasis on minimising clutter without eradicating fun.

The largely monochrome scheme is punctuated by pattern and the occasional burst of colour

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Photography Denise Bonenti/Living Inside

The apartment is on the second floor of an early-20th-century building on the corner of a street behind Porta Venezia. ‘We wanted a corner because of the double exposure,’ Anne explains, though the high ceilings and balcony were also a draw. With so much sunlight flooding into the rooms, Anne felt comfortable sticking to a largely monochrome scheme, punctuated by pattern and the occasional burst of colour.

Photography Denise Bonenti/Living Inside

What Anne loves most about Milan is its attitude: ‘people are working but are laid- back enough to go for an aperitivo in the evening and a lot of coffees during the day.’ It was just this relaxed vibe that she wanted to achieve at home. From the way the dark grey-tinted oak flooring complements the black furniture to how the couple has placed pieces sparingly so that each one becomes a focus, there is, indeed, a sense of calm here. Art is hung at mid height to make the walls seem taller and the rooms more spacious, while windows are left bare, so as not to block any of that bright Italian sunshine.

Every element of the decoration of this home has been given careful thought – the result is a playful place with a grown- up soul.

For the full house tour see ELLE Decoration April 2019

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