A Colorful Milanese Apartment Pays Tribute To Ettore Sottsass


Studio Paradisiartificiali was initially contacted to design a new staircase to replace an old, impractical spiral one. After the work had begun, the studio discovered the Memphis design movement while perusing Wikipedia and decided to honor its founder, Ettore Sottsass. Their design discovery inspired them reimagine the space with the new stairs and celebrate the 4+ decades since the movement began.

modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

The Milanese apartment, known as Tribute to E. Sottsass, indeed honors the design legend through the use of bold colors, graphic patterns, and unique design elements. They even incorporated a Sottsass original – the Callimaco Floor Lamp he designed for Artemide.

modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

closeup of modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

The new staircase is made of a folded green steel sheet that pivots in three directions before connecting to the second floor.

closeup of modern apartment interior with green metal stairs

closeup of modern apartment interior with gray and yellow cabinet under green stairs

closeup of modern apartment interior with view from under green stairs

closeup of wall art in modern apartment interior

modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

modern apartment interior with colorful furnishings that give nod to the Memphis movement and Ettore Sottsass

Stylist: Irene Baratto
Photos: Thomas Pagani

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.





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