Colourful 1960s house
The house – a yellow-brick house with a flat roof built in 1964. Classic for its time and with many fine details. The owners bought the house in 2007 from the architect who had originally designed and built the house himself. The couple wanted to preserve the attractive retro style, but with a modernised look. Lulu Mosquito was involved in the project from start to finish. Many small details had to be left untouched, and the unique yellow-brick walls were kept in most rooms. Only a few surfaces were plastered and painted white to create a tranquil background for the family’s collection of art.
We always work based on a colour palette, and in this house the architect had already smoothed our way. All the doors and sliding doors featured strong colours – red, green and blue. The colours were freshened up, and in some places switched around to create a calmer feel. The colour composition in the house is bold and audacious, but it also helps to create a unique atmosphere. An extension had been added with great respect for the original architecture, and which opened out from the dining room to create a brighter and more spacious room.
For those with an interest in art and design, Eames and Le Corbusier are strongly represented in the interior design. The almost four-metre-long sofa from Cassina, designed by Piero Lissoni, was selected in a grey-blue leather to match the original slate floor. This colour contrasts starkly with the yellow walls. We worked with contrasts as a recurring theme, not just in terms of colour but surfaces as well, while in the living room we selected a long-pile rug from Kvadrat for its softness.