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Elegant Minimalism in Black and White

Silvia is an architect who studied in Milan and Barcelona and worked for a well-known minimalist architect in Milan and London before becoming Art Director in a Creative and Branding Agency. She lives with her boyfriend in North London near Stoke Newington and her flat is an oasis of monochrome, minimalist calm.

I am passionate about Architecture, art and design – I love minimalist architecture and design, which is reflected in my personal style – calm, crisp bright white interiors.

IDEALIST: Whereabouts do you live?

I live in North London near Stoke Newington, a really calm but at the same time vibrant area. I love it here!

IDEALIST: How did you choose your home?

My boyfriend and I used to live in the same road when a year ago we saw this lovely two bedroom flat on the market. Since we really loved the area we couldn’t resist it.

IDEALIST: What attracted you to it?

The location, but also the very  bright living space.

IDEALIST: What’s your style?

Minimal, white, Scandi & Italian. Black and white is my overall favourite colour combo. (it’s always a winner!).

IDEALIST: What have you done to your home?

We did as much as our budget let us! We hit the functional (new boiler and brassware) and messy jobs first – there was a beautiful Artex ceiling which we had removed – in favour of a plane white skimmed ceiling) This, and painting everything white really makes the space feel super light and airy.

We carefully selected the furniture with a mix of iconic and affordable pieces, little by little – some impulse purchases but mostly we have a plan for what we want.

IDEALIST: What do you love about your home?

It feels very relaxing, cozy and calm. Is the perfect place to hide and recharge the battery after a busy day working in the city.

IDEALIST: And is there anything you regret?

I wish we were able to change the flooring at the same time, but we can’t do everything at once.

IDEALIST: What’s next for you? 

The Kitchen is on our to do list. (Of course I’ve got the impression it will be total white…).

FAVOURITE FINDS

Silvia’s home is a carefully chosen mix of high street and high end pieces, including some big name designers such as Artemide, Verner Panton, Kenneth Grange, Louis Poulsen, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The monochrome theme ensures the classics and the modern pieces really sit well together.

You can follow Silvia’s adventures in design at her blog which features more of her home and also many articles on minimalist design and style.

PAINT & COLOURS

Dulux White paint

ENTRY 

Dots hangers – Muuto, Wall Stickers  – H2U Design & Art, Stripe Rug – Cargo Milano

LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM

Besta TV Stand – Ikea, Mayne Sofa Bed –  MADE.COM, Pillow Covers – Custom Made fabric from Raystitch (Angel), Toio Lamp – Flos, Jessie Bookcase – Habitat, Kenstal Coffe Table – Habitat , PH5 Louis Poulsen Lamp, Extendible dining Table – BoConcept, Panton chair – Vitra; Three wall art: Metal prints of personal abstracts pictures; London Print: Laura Jordan ( discovered on Brick Lane); Black Lamp – Found at a sample sale in Italy

STUDIO

Profil Shelf – E15, Anglepoise 75 Desk Lamp. Micke Desk – IKEA, Singer Sewing Machine

BEDROOM

Storage double bed  – DWELL, Loop Stand Hanger – Hay, Pax Mirror Wardrobe – IKEA, Tray Table – Hay, Eclisse Lamp – Artemide, Malm Chest of Drawers – IKEA

  • John is a photographer and journalist from Manchester with a passion for street photography and modern art. When not taking photos, you can find him on a bike anywhere from Sardinia to Amsterdam listening to Zero 7.

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