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Be Inspired By Margherita Missoni’s Colourful HomeSaturday 11 August 2018
Be Inspired By Margherita Missoni’s Colourful Home ⇒ The heir of the great household name that is Missoni has settled down in the quiet village of Varese, near Milan, with her husband Eugenio Amos, a race car driver, and their two kids. Varese is the small town where they both grew up, and it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Today, CovetED brings you along on a tour of their colourful and eclectic home.
Varese is a small town in the Alpine foothills, about an hour away from Milan, that became popular in the mid-1800s as a getaway for the wealthier citizens. Today, its best-known residents are probably the Missonis, fashion’s famous knitwear clan. Ottavio and Rosita Missoni established the company nearby in 1953, and the region still serves as the base for design operations and home to many family members.
Missoni is a name immediately associated with celebrities and A-listers, but when Margherita Missoni married Eugenio Amos, that also grew up there, she used the hashtag #VareseThePlaceToBe as an ironic tribute to her beloved hometown. “It was surreal to see all of my friends from the fashion world descend here,” she recalls. The gag went viral, and “it ended up on the front page of the local newspapers!”.
Missoni Amos, now at 35, left town after finishing high school and lived all over the world, in big cities like New York, Paris or Milan. And that’s how she knew she wanted to settle down back in her quiet hometown. The year after they got married, after finding the ideal site, the couple enlisted Milan-based architect Aldo Cibic to build a four-bedroom house there.
Missoni Amos decided to take care of the interior decoration herself. “Which was maybe a mistake,” she admits. “I’d never done a house before, and I underestimated how much work it entailed. I thought I’d just be picking out wallpaper. Ha!” Now, five years later, she’s finally finished. “It turned out to be the biggest job I’ve ever done, and I can’t help but be extremely proud of it.”
The Missoni brand is known for its use of bold colours and prints and that is very noticeable in the house. “Colour and shape took priority over period coherence,” Missoni Amos says. The majority of the furnishings were sourced online—“Cruising eBay is one of my favourite activities”—or found on frequent day trips with Amos.
The bold design sense that’s part of Missoni Amos’s DNA is evident throughout the house. One of the first things installed was a giant Spider-Man on the ceiling of the playroom for her two boys, Otto, five this month, and Augusto, three. “And they haven’t gotten bored of it yet!”, she says.
The kitchen floor and walls are covered in a punchy artisanal tile. “It turned out to be the most expensive material per square foot in the entire house, which my husband is still trying to make sense of.”
“My favourite room is my office—it’s the only part of the house that is entirely mine,” Missoni Amos says, admitting that it’s a relief to her husband that she has a place to display her collections of daisies—margherita means “daisy” in Italian—and Venetian masks. It even has a separate entrance so that she can conduct meetings without disrupting the rest of the house. Amos has his own space, the garage, where he houses his car collection.
The master bedroom’s Albizia wood four-poster, which Missoni Amos had been wanting for a long time, is by Mauro Mori. “I’ve been wanting it since before the house was built, so when the time came to make it, we made sure it was as big as could be—perfect for family cuddles in the morning.”
A garden mural painted by Pictalab, an artist collective based in Milan, covers the dining room’s walls and ceiling. Extravagant marbles, including one nicknamed Missoni by the company that supplied it, and bold Josef Frank wallpapers for Svenskt Tenn define the bathrooms.
“When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait to get out. It was only when I was living in the biggest city of them all, New York, that I realized how lucky I was to have these roots and such a deep sense of belonging. When I got pregnant, we didn’t even question where we were going to settle our family—it was going to be back in #VareseThePlaceToBe.”
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Source: Architectural Digest