A joyful mix of colour and pattern, Margherita Missoni’s Italian home is as bright and beautiful as her family’s famous fashion brand.
With one of the most famous names in fashion, you may think it surprising that Margherita Missoni, granddaughter of Missoni founder Rosita, has chosen to take up residence in a small Italian town around 35 miles north of Milan.
Varese, however, is the Missoni family’s hometown, where Margherita grew up. ‘I have very deep roots,’ she says. ‘I love the provincial life, and it’s a good contrast to fashion and all that glitter.’ Working in collaboration with the studio founded by legendary designer and architect Aldo Cibic, Margherita and her husband, racing car driver Eugenio Amos, built a family home that feels both grand and intimate. ‘We wanted a house that changes with the seasons,’ says Margherita. ‘In the summer it’s flooded with light, and in the winter it feels warm and cosy.’
Part of the house’s intimate feel comes from the pieces that fill it. ‘I’m a hoarder,’ laughs Margherita. ‘I still have stuff I bought in New York when I was 20, which I took to Rome, to Milan, and now here. Everything tells a story.’ The spoils from these travels, along with Ebay and flea-market finds, are dotted throughout the house and mixed in with heirloom pieces.
A modernist sofa found on Ebay takes pride of place in the sitting room, where a Perspex screen by architect Andrea Branzi splits the space into two distinct areas.
Missoni is a brand associated with bright colour and pattern, and Margherita’s house is full of references to her heritage. The drawing room’s zodiac carpet is a Missoni prototype taken directly from the showroom floor. The 1960s Murano glass chandelier that hangs in the office was recovered from her grandmother Rosita’s storage unit. ‘My mother and grandmother occasionally give things away, and if you’re there on the right occasion you get lucky,’ she smiles.
For more information, go to missoni.com. This is an edited extract from More Than Just A House by Alex Eagle (Rizzoli, £39.95). To order a copy for £35.16 with free p&p until 6 December go to mailshop.co.uk/books or call 020 3308 9193.
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