A photographer's home
Shot in flux, a minimal home and studio in the north of Italy, where design icons and lights coexist in the space.
Photography by Federico Torra
Smithfield green, by Jasper Morrison
Skygarden Small, in rusty brown finish, by Marcel
Wanders Studio. Detail of the cast plaster interior.
A place where indoor merges with the outdoors, where pure volumes minimally define the space, where brutalist-inspired concrete monoliths stand in contrast with the industrial elements of the house’s previous life. This is the home and studio of photographer Giuliano Radici, part inspiring refuge, part blank canvas for his work and also a studio/gallery where he welcomes artists and photographers to use, exhibit and leave their mark on the space. Natural light plays a crucial role in this home, defining the silhouettes, creating textures and gently adding new geometric layers on the architecture.
Radici designed the house himself, within the shell of a former 600 sqm, 1930s factory in northern Italy. ‘I photograph homes a lot,’ he says. ‘And through the years I figured out how to design my personal photographer’s home.’ Alongside the contemporary additions, the industrial space is visible, and its character still very present: brick walls, pillars, tall ceilings, a crane which was left untouched. Radici’s touches include theatrical staircases, wide windows, stark concrete walls and floors, and suspended volumes defining domestic and professional spaces within the building. A courtyard bathes the interiors with sunlight, and the architecture contributes to bringing the outside indoors, the discreet greenery of the garden visible from every corner. ‘As this is a very personal workspace, I created it with my work in mind. For example, the light in the space was driven by both an aesthetic choice and a functional necessity.’
It’s a home that merges past and present with an eye to the future, and an appropriate canvas for the photographer’s dynamic personality. Specialized in sleek fashion, interiors and advertising images, he also has a deep interest in art and photography books, which he collects (‘my masters of life and work’, he calls them). His true passion however, lies in the art of travel: Radici explored non-traditional travel through documentary photography and black and white portraiture, with a series of reportage and immersive photographic books from his explorations of India, Cambodia and Pakistan among others.
Through his association, 7 Mila Miglia Lontano (7 Thousand Miles Away), he works to support and promote sustainable travel and humanitarian aid globally. The project has evolved into an association supported by international partners. ‘When I travel, I don’t really capture the places,’ he says. ‘I like to photograph the people.’
In Vitro Unplugged Outdoor portable lamp, by Philippe Starck
Giuliano Radici photographed at his studio. Photography by Federico Torra.
Bellhop Floor: a new addition to the Bellhop family, in brick red and green designed by Barber Osgerby
Oblique in white, rust, brown and sage by Vincent Van Duysen.
Coordinates W1 and W2, by Michael Anastassiades. Two new additions to the Coordinates family.
AIM in anodized green (right) and anodized grey, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Aim, in anodized natural, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Zero Track by Flos Architectural, with Atoms spotlight by Piero Lissoni.