Lapo Elkann and the colour Blue

The March edition of Architectural Digest has just been published and this month features a number of extraordinary homes from various power players from Hollywood and beyond. One home which really grabbed my attention was the show stopping Milan apartment of Fiat heir, Lapo Elkann.

Fiat has always been a part of my families life from the Fiat cinquecento which my parents owned when i was a child, to the Fiat 124 BC I drove whilst at university. Today my sister has carried on the legacy by driving the modern interpretation of the design classic and I like to study the history behind this colourful family. I am familiar with Lapo Elkann who has appeared in the press over the years. I remember an article years ago where he talked about how proud he was to have inherited his fathers suits which due to their craftsmanship and enduring style, he still wears today. He is a colourful, enigmatic character and his recently restored duplex Milan apartment clearly reflects this.

Lapo worked very closely with Milanese architect Natalia Bianchi to create a unique light filled home. An avid sailor, he wanted his home to resemble a boat, a place that evoked the ocean and his love of the sea. Blue is his signature colour and multiple shades of blue have been applied across walls, floors and furniture pieces. Teak has been used on kitchen and bathroom surfaces and most spectacularly, recycled Kevlar sails line the screening room walls.  

This apartment is full of humour and I love it. Model Ferraris, boats and manga toys sit side by side Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ettore Sottsass pieces of art. Apparently Lapo had a hand in every decision and deliberated over materials and hues for weeks. He was also involved in the creative process with the specially made chandelier which reminds me of an Australian huntsman spider, sparked, Elkann says, by "something I made with the exhaust pipes of cars".  What a wonderful, fun place to live. I could certainly see myself living here, what do you think?



Images: Simon Upton, Architectural Digest