The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carved a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. The couple realized that they could put their own imprint on the house but still retain its raw spirit, keeping the ancient stone floors, walls, and arches intact. The nearly all-white dwelling is filled with the couple’s designs and is a fitting stage for a dramatic presentation of their work.
The 2,000-square-foot Copenhagen townhouse that Sofie and Frank Christensen Egelund share with their four children is a modern haven with a distinctive design sensibility. Designed in a monochromatic palette, the home is the perfect combination of Scandinavian minimalism and homey comfort. And it’s no wonder: both Sofie and Frank work for Vipp, a third-generation, Danish company specializing in high-end kitchen and bath accessories.
“Using white allowed me to lighten up small interior spaces and at the same time respect the original colors of the carpentry and stucco work,” says architect José Andrade Rocha, who remodeled an early-20th-century flat in the historic Lisbon neighbourhood of Mouraria. Stucco walls add texture to the monochromatic space, while east-facing windows also catch the warm morning sun and minimize the need for artificial lighting.
Resident Peter Østergaard (with Maja, 6, and Carl, 20 months) and architect and photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen have been best friends since they were 13, which makes for easy collaboration. One such idea was to embed a transparent glass-and-iron door in the floor, operated by a hydraulic pump, which allows access to the subterranean wine cellar. At night, the lit-up cellar glows, lending the compact living room an increased sense of verticality.
Both a gallery and a residence, an Antwerp home redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. For this bathroom entry, a group of artists started at one end of the room and working their way across, assembling chests and cabinets found at a thrift shop and painted them all white. "It’s like a mosaic,” says resident Veerle Wenes. “It’s a very personalized concept—I feel like it’s my bathroom.”
A door leads out from the romantic courtyard of this renovated farmhouse in Poland, lush with plants. “Although we live in a big city, it doesn’t feel like it,” resident Jacek Kolasiński says. “The neighborhood and the nature are very relaxing and quiet.” Though technically not a room, the space is outfitted with white walls and a deck—an apt canvas for the greenery that abounds.