Name: Pierluigi Molteni's Plug-In House
Location: Bologna, Italy
Size/Type: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom modular home
Years lived in: 1 month (September 11 - October 3, 2009)
At the Cersaie exhibition in Bologna this past October, we had the chance to tour a mod Italian home built for the show. The Plug-In House, designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Molteni in collaboration with Alessia Curella and Sophie Berianidze, is a modular home that's centered on a hallway, or "spine," from which rooms branch off. It seemed like we couldn't turn a corner without finding something out of the ordinary.
The idea is that rooms and porches can be "plugged in" to the central spine in different combinations. Every room has large windows or sliding doors that flood the interiors with sunlight. A green roof covers the home, and front, side, and back porches extend from the main structure.
Everything about the home is offbeat, from the sculptures on the lawn to the stuffed birds and avant-garde furnishings by Italian companies Muzzarelli, Lago, and Desalto. We found our favorite pieces in the bedroom: a bed that appears to float above the floor and a wooden crib with outer storage pockets and a fabric mosquito net. The red and black bathroom tile was aso eye-catching, as were the triangular wall-mounted bookshelves.
Architecture: Pierluigi Molteni with Alessia Curella and Sophie Berianidze
Furnishings: Muzzarelli, Lago, Desalto
Artwork: Chizu Kobayashi
Accessories: Camera con Vista
Ceramic Floor and Wall Coverings: Lea Ceramiche
Concrete Materials and Workmanship: Il Cantiere
Corian Materials and Workmanship: Altha
Doors: Synua di Oikos
Fixtures: Navello, Ebano
Green Roof: Optima Giardini Pensili
Landscaping: Studio Rigolli
Masonry: Esse3 Construzioni
Structural Wood: Falegnameria Cereghini, Alce
Tech Systems: Innovatech
Wood Finishes: Gasser
Images: Sarah Coffey