An ’80s Memphis Group-Inspired Apartment in Montreal

updated Apr 30, 2019

An ’80s Memphis Group-Inspired Apartment in Montreal

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Stefano Giacomello
Location: Outremont, Montreal
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Stefano is a 3D artist and designer with a great eye for home decor and spatial planning. And his style is influenced considerably by the ’80s and a love for graphic lines and vibrant colors. Although Stefano’s apartment is on the small side, every item has its own place.

Stefano’s apartment is located in Outremont, a residential area filled with local stores, cafés, restaurants, and probably the best parks in town. Stefano considers himself lucky to have found this place at an affordable rent. Especially with the home’s architectural features like the brick wall and unique floor design (something rare in Montreal). Apparently, everyone who visits is impressed by it!

The main furnishings are a few basic black IKEA pieces of furniture, and many small vibrant decor elements added in for contrast. The accents are all mainly primary colors, like red, blue and yellow (cementing the ’80s vibes). Also adding to the color palette is the group of several beautiful plants near the window; they are his favorite elements in the apartment.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Memphis Italian design influenced, ’80s

Inspiration: Memphis Milano, movies, books

Favorite Element: My plants, sofa, special pieces of furniture that I have collected.

Biggest Challenge: My apartment is pretty small so I have to be pretty efficient when it comes to configuring the space.

What Friends Say: “Every item has its own place in your apartment.”

Biggest Embarrassment: My bed frame. I tend to hide it under a stack of pillows.

Proudest DIY: Installing the shelf on a brick wall.

Biggest Indulgence: It’s a little geeky but I spent quite a bit of money on Philips HUE system, a personal wireless lighting system that lets you easily control your light from your device.

Best Advice: Take your time to find the furniture and items you like and enjoy the process of organizing your space.

Dream Sources: The Memphis Period. The Memphis Group, founded in Italy in the 1980s. “The Memphis group’s work often incorporated plastic laminate and was characterized by ephemeral design featuring colorful decoration and asymmetrical shapes.”


Duo Sofa BedElement de base
Blue cushion – Element de base
1970 Sirio Lamp by Brazzoli — Guzzini
Eames Shell Rocker chair Replica — Online
3 red lamps — Vintage store in Montreal
End tables — Ikea
Tea pot — Found through a collector North of the city (via Kijiji)
Black filing cabinets — Vintage store
White cabinet — Ikea

Rydeback TableIkea
Chairs — From my ex
Coat rack — Ikea

Nordli dresser – Ikea
Table lamp — Du Design, du Retro et du Kitsch
Framed prints — Elizabeth Peyton. Reproduction of two of her paintings
The popular Maurizio Cattelan’s Toilet Paper magazine

GRONSKA Shower Curtain – Ikea

Thanks, Stefano!

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