Roman Apartment with Startling Yellow Walls


Gallery featuring pictures of a Roman apartment with startling yellow walls, an artful showcase home for a lawyer.

Startling Casa di Rosario by Maurizio Giovannoni

Welcome to our gallery featuring the startling Casa di Rosario by Maurizio Giovannoni.

This brightly colorful project sits in the heart of Rome, Italy, and enjoys the informal title of “True Soul of a Lawyer.”

Its single man owner wanted a space full of relaxing contrast, compared to his overtly formal profession, where he could spend time with friends and host parties.

The results speak for themselves, but we’re here to highlight exactly what makes it such a special space.

This project reflects the philosophy of “hometelling,” in which details of a home interior are connected to the story of the home and its owners. The color theme here is yellow, recalling the sunny childhood days of the owner’s past in Suditalia, Sorrento, a warm contrast to the hectic nature of modern Rome.

The home is flush with strong artistic touches, with contributions from a range of artists. A living room wall cactus was a gift from designer-architect Marco Ferranti. The sublime bookshelf of iron and wood, was a commissioned work from a Taiwanese group of architects, Ganna Studio. The styling of the apartment itself was assisted by architect Rosa Topputo, pictured in one of the photos below.

The second most noticeable aspect of the living room has to be the Perswall wallpaper, representing the legends of jazz, a particularly inspiring piece for the homeowner. This, combined with the bright yellow paint, sets the tone of the space.

Another important aspect of this space is the use of Flos lamps that resemble spotlights, helping conjure the tone of a film set.

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In contrast, the kitchen is a more modest, minimalist affair, awash in white with a handful of colored details.

The apartment includes a beautiful large terrace, overlooking Rome from the 7th floor. This space features the same flooring material to help foster the illusion of one continuous indoor-outdoor space.

With a temperate local climate, the terrace becomes a practical part of the home for most of the year.

Many interior walls were removed to improve light and traffic flow throughout the apartment, revealing a vast open space. This ide extended into the bedroom, which is connected to the living room by a wall opened by bookshelves.

Photography: Mikko Ala-Peijari

Along the bright yellow wall in the open plan space we see a series of small bookshelves, creating both a utilitarian and artistic flourish that adds a second layer of color and detail to the bright space.

Along the bright yellow wall in the open plan space we see a series of small bookshelves, creating both a utilitarian and artistic flourish that adds a second layer of color and detail to the bright space.

Turning to the side, we see the immaculate white walls that surround the rest of the open plan area, as well as the rich hardwood flooring. A wildly unique bookshelf stands free at center.

Turning to the side, we see the immaculate white walls that surround the rest of the open plan area, as well as the rich hardwood flooring. A wildly unique bookshelf stands free at center.

Here's a taste of that jazz legend wallpaper as well as the sleek, modern furnishings. Just to the left of the understated grey sofa we can see the metal cactus wall art.

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Here’s a taste of that jazz legend wallpaper as well as the sleek, modern furnishings. Just to the left of the understated grey sofa we can see the metal cactus wall art.

Here's an image of the room in use, with a bespoke suited man relaxing on the contemporary sofa in front of the unique, artful jazz legend wallpaper. The slim, marble topped coffee table is another outstanding design element.

Here’s an image of the room in use, with a bespoke suited man relaxing on the contemporary sofa in front of the unique, artful jazz legend wallpaper. The slim, marble topped coffee table is another outstanding design element.

Here's a very close look at some of the artwork adorning the shelves in this home. Here, a small wooden carving stands on the unique floor to ceiling bookshelf in the living room.

Here’s a very close look at some of the artwork adorning the shelves in this home. Here, a small wooden carving stands on the unique floor to ceiling bookshelf in the living room.

Speaking of artwork, the living room also hosts these unique paintings, done in the style of Andy Warhol's pop art. Of course, that's Leonard Nimoy in the front.

Speaking of artwork, the living room also hosts these unique paintings, done in the style of Andy Warhol’s pop art. Of course, that’s Leonard Nimoy in the front.

Here we have the master bedroom, a white minimalist space with plenty of room for activities. The owner's record collection sits along with a bold yellow box to the left, while we can see the terrace through double doors.

Here we have the master bedroom, a white minimalist space with plenty of room for activities. The owner’s record collection sits along with a bold yellow box to the left, while we can see the terrace through double doors.

The bedroom features more integrated bookshelves, this time an open design that allows for a visual pass through between the bedroom and rest of the home.

The bedroom features more integrated bookshelves, this time an open design that allows for a visual pass through between the bedroom and rest of the home.

The front entry is where the bold yellow color makes its presence most known, for first impressions. The quirky movie-style lighting can be seen hanging above.

The front entry is where the bold yellow color makes its presence most known, for first impressions. The quirky movie-style lighting can be seen hanging above.

Returning to the wider space of the main open plan living room area, we see how it connects to the white, minimalist kitchen and how the bold yellow color reappears throughout the home.

Returning to the wider space of the main open plan living room area, we see how it connects to the white, minimalist kitchen and how the bold yellow color reappears throughout the home.

Here's another great example of the subtle, sparse use of artwork throughout the interior, spiking the monolithic white and personalizing the space.

Here’s another great example of the subtle, sparse use of artwork throughout the interior, spiking the monolithic white and personalizing the space.

Here's a view from the kitchen, showcasing the sleek cabinetry, minimalist white color scheme, and open floor plan leading to the living room.

Here’s a view from the kitchen, showcasing the sleek cabinetry, minimalist white color scheme, and open floor plan leading to the living room.

The walls are dotted with an abundance of small but important artistic details. Here we see a functional one, providing a bright and colorful place to house candles.

The walls are dotted with an abundance of small but important artistic details. Here we see a functional one, providing a bright and colorful place to house candles.

With this super detailed look at a shelf in the kitchen, we see how even the tiniest design flourishes have been crafted to appear in cohesion with the main theme of the home.

With this super detailed look at a shelf in the kitchen, we see how even the tiniest design flourishes have been crafted to appear in cohesion with the main theme of the home.

Finally, we have a look at the luxurious terrace, floored with the same hardwood material as the interior for a cohesive look. This cozy space is flush with greenery and enjoys expansive views over Rome.

Finally, we have a look at the luxurious terrace, floored with the same hardwood material as the interior for a cohesive look. This cozy space is flush with greenery and enjoys expansive views over Rome.

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