Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

Nat any time judge a guide by its go over, as the adage goes, but can you decide a writer by her bookshelf? In Cristina Sivieri Tagliabue’s situation, it would be a safe guess. On her floating flooring-to-ceiling cabinets, between the tomes on empowerment and feminism, can be observed some of the Italian journalist and activist’s individual.

Her analyze on the motivation in younger Italian gals to have plastic surgical treatment, her collected stories on gender equality and her political biography of Emma Bonino all sit proudly on the 11-shelf structure.

“When I glimpse at my textbooks I seem at myself,” she suggests in excess of the cellphone. “The home is a mirror of all the matters we are.”

‘It’s like a top secret house’: Cristina Sivieri Tagliabue. Photograph: Francesco Dolfo

Like a lot of who want their aesthetics to reflect their ethics, the relaxation of Tagliabue’s Milan house, which she shares with her spouse Luca and their 3-12 months-previous son Leone, strikes a self-confident autobiographical tone.

In the living area and stairwell cling imposing woman portraits by the British artist Melissa Moore that Tagliabue “fell in enjoy [with] immediately. I love this way of viewing gals the way [the subject] is not in entrance of you, in its place you glimpse at the back of her and you seem at her head in a strange posture. It reminds me of the unusual mother nature of ladies and our motivation to be found and to be concealed,” she explains.

In the library, one particular of German designer Ingo Maurer’s renowned Zettel’z 5 lamps with its clip-on paper messages dominates the space. “The concept is that you publish on things that are essential to you – it’s possible one thing or a drawing built by your kid at faculty,” she states.

Bookshelves full of books with a keyboard in front
Play time: a area for audio as well as textbooks. Photograph: Francesco Dolfo

And somewhere else, the 48-calendar year-aged journalist’s long background in print media and love of images can be located on the partitions, wherever as a substitute of frames hangs trompe-l’œil wallpaper from the studio of up to date designers Wall & Deco.

“The wallpaper was the incredibly very first point I appeared at [when designing the house],” she tells me. From historical porticos in the library to a aid-sculpture result higher than the bath, the plan was to contrast previous versus new. “It reminds me of an old Roman palace,” she states.

‘Ball Lamp’ lights from Gallotti & Radice.
Ceiling deal: ‘Ball Lamp’ lights from Gallotti & Radice. Photograph: Francesco Dolfo

The place may perhaps not have these noble credentials, but its tale is 1 of note. Found in the salubrious Zona Magenta neighbourhood of the historic centre, the residence is far more of a hideaway than the traditional condominiums normally observed in the Lombardy money. It can, in simple fact, be observed nestled in the inner courtyard of a massive 5-storey constructing in which bikes and buggies are generally retained. “It’s so challenging to describe – it is like a mystery residence,” says Tagliabue. “You’d hardly ever know it was there.” It was after, she explains, an 18th-century mentor household, attached to the principal building by a bridge.

“I constantly experienced this idea to acquire a residence comparable to the small villa I grew up in as a little one in the vicinity of Monza, so I was seeking for something like this,” says Tagliabue, who has spent the earlier 20 a long time getting and renovating homes together with her journalism. “Then I discovered this odd very little property that was a little bit ruined but I resolved to go and have a search for the reason that the locale was remarkable.”

It was adore at first sight and after enlisting the skills of architect Arcangelo Selvaggio and interior designer Sophie Wannenes (founder of the well-known gallery-cum-shop PalermoUno in the metropolis) the trio established about its restoration.

The kitchen was moved from the basement to the ground floor and the basement was reworked to consist of a sauna walls were being erected to offer construction to the formerly open up-strategy area parquet flooring were being set down and the dominant wrought iron entrance where by horse-drawn carriages once passed via was closed up.

“That was hard simply because we experienced to talk to permission from the Comune di Milano and in Italy it’s pretty hard to adjust stuff,” she laughs, “but we did it just in time for the start of my son.”

Fauna and flora wallpaper in the bedroom.
Paper chase: a fantasia of fauna and flora on the bed room wall. Photograph: Francesco Dolfo

The home now supplies innovative house for Tagliabue and her spouse and children. “I really feel quite protected in this put,” she states. It also performs host to her present-day tasks: the digital get started-up Le Contemporanee, which fosters talent in youthful ladies and the foyer movement Il Giusto Mezzo (The Fifty percent of It) which aims to get far more Italian gals again into the place of work.

Then there’s the new reserve she is co-crafting about the value of civic education in Italian colleges. “I grew to become a journalist to make data that will help persons combat for the legal rights of gals,” she says. And, in doing so, construct a bookshelf to be happy of.

Styling and creation by Sophie Wannenes