The art of Kintsugi (kin=gold; tsugi=repair) is a Japanese artistic technique established at the end of 1400 which use gold or another noble metal to weld together the pieces of a broken object, thus making its frailty and history a strength and a perfection point. It is a very complex technique which require high manual ability, accuracy and patience.
Like this project, a flat in Genoa uninhabited for decades with typical ligurian attic features, that Ministudio Architetti has been able to shape in a contemporary surrounding. Spaces and ancient artifacts are alternating lightly with actual and linear shapes creating a play of counterpoints remarked by an accurate architectural lighting system. The new domestic arrangements make fluid the dwelling places, optimizing them. The lounge is the central hub of the living in the flat. The couch in the middle of the room relating with all elements in the wall: a chimney in black stainless steel placed on a bench in microcement, the TV zone and the book zone with another library with alternate scans. The kitchen is located under the lower pitch of the roof and is tailored to maximize heights. The use of ancient materials such as marble or oak contrasts with contemporary objects such as the custom hood and the steel shelf. The kitchen leads to the terrace and a utility hallway, which leads to the main bathroom, an irregularly shaped room divided into two distinct areas:
the area dedicated to the sink and sanitary ware and the shower space. This is positioned exactly under a new skylight, which creates a well of natural light further amplified by the white ceramic of the cladding and the perimeter lighting for a continuous visual connection between home and sky. The secondary bathroom, with no openings in the attic, can be reached via a new flight of metal stairs and is enclosed by a wall with a glazed door which reflects the light coming from the stairwell. It is divided into two zones: a niche dedicated to the washbasin, with a mirror on three sides, and a space behind it in which, again in a niche, a large shower has been created and a hidden area dedicated to the sanitary ware. The design of both bathrooms required great care for every detail to make it possible to gain all the space possible in a functional manner, respecting the starting context.
For the taps, Diametro 35 by Ritmonio has been chosen. A design element perfectly in line with the mood of the project, which combines harmonious geometries and practicality for the needs of everyday life, to bring a «tailor made» style even to rooms dedicated to wellness.
The Diametro 35 series is one of the Ritmonio’s product with water saving features, characterized by the ECO water flow, less than 9 l/m, and it is designed to encourage to use the environmental resources responsibly.
Is a company with two sides: the Factory Division, which for more than 70 years has manufactured safety valves and brass, copper, aluminium and stainless steel components, and the Bath & Shower Division, which produces designer taps and fittings for bathrooms. By combining fine craftsmanship, design and production skills, Ritmonio creates exclusive and authentic Made in Italy products that are functional yet stylish and eco-friendly.
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