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Step Inside a Fiat Heir's Ocean-Inspired Milan Penthouse

When Fiat heir and designer Lapo Elkann told Architectural Digest blue is his "signature color," he wasn't exaggerating in the least. Elkann invited AD into his duplex penthouse in Milan, which he decorated in at least a dozen variations on the color. The 3,100-square-foot apartment, in a "severe postwar palazzo," has floors covered in blue zigzags, and bamboo-forest wallpaper custom-printed in (you guessed it) varying shades of blue.

Elkann has several avocations to his name (one is as designer for his apparel/eyewear brand Italia Independent), "avid sailor" among them. "I don't really like houses," he says, "so this place has been designed to resemble a boat and evoke the ocean." Another goal in the redesign was to bring more light to the apartment, so he put in floor-to-ceiling windows and moved some walls around to better suit them. Working with Milanese architect Natalia Bianchi, among several other designer friends, he put together what he calls his "first grown-up home."

The living room (up top) features a Ueli Berger sofa, Gino Sarfatti lamps, and a cocktail table with "aluminum appliqué in the shape of Sicily" created by industrial designer and friend Carlo Borromeo. Also found inside are a few Andy Warhol screen prints, a painting by Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, and in the master bedroom, an Orsola Clerici mural of the Bay of Naples (also quite blue). Full text and more photos this way.
—Alexa Carrasco

·Fiat Heir Lapo Elkann Opens The Doors To His Provocative Milan Penthouse [Architectural Digest]