Turin’s Transformation of a Traditional Apartment by Fabio Fantolino

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This intriguing “cube” is a Turin, Italy, project of architect Fabio Fantolino. A splendid combination of simplicity of style and stunning views, it is based on the concept of what the designer calls “a transformable loft in a traditional apartment.” That transformation happens through sliding walnut panels that can divide a large room or, when open, create a completely barrier-free interior. Moving around the central core of the apartment and the basic service areas — bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry — allows the expansive view to be “the main object of a scene made of glass.” Colors are neutrals — white on the sectional couch and in the kitchen and bathroom, dark wood grain on walls — except for a bold accent: abstract art high up along one wall in blues, reds, yellows, and greens.

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Up a set of “floating” steps (individually attached to the wall!) made from black American larch, you find a second bedroom with storage, behind sliding doors in black sisal, and a bathroom area. The designer explains: “The use of the resin in the floor stems from the desire to approach the concept of loft that makes all the objects resting on the floor neutral, predominant elements on the volume that contains them.” Notice the raised bedboard — and the clever use of light beneath the walls, yet another element that gives an airy sensation to the furnishings. The master bathroom is enveloped in natural oak and stone; note the deep soaking tub within the oak frame. It’s innovative, it’s chic — but ultimately, again, the view is the star of this show: a 360-degree terrace gives the lucky owners fresh air, sunshine, and a perspective on Turin that can’t be beaten.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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