Alexandre-Camille Removille is no stranger to new beginnings. After professional stints in Paris and New York, the young French creative received a call about running events for a fashion brand in Milan. His response: Why not? (or rather, pourquoi pas?) “I was excited by Italy. I only really knew it from fashion weeks in Milan and visiting Rome and Venice,” says Alex. “I don’t speak Italian, but at 30 years old, it was a good time and I thought, why not? I knew nobody.”
When it came to finding an apartment for this new adventure (which began long before the city’s COVID-19 crisis), Alex focused on aesthetics over location. “I had no idea where to look,” he recalls. He ended up in the Conciliazione quarter, which is family-friendly and full of local warmth. “It’s a very beautiful part of Milan and a great location, near one of the big parks.” His 1880s building has a cut-stone facade and lovely details such as parquet floors, marble countertops, and high ceilings. Alex’s two-bedroom apartment is on the fourth floor, and although there’s a lift, he typically takes the stairs with his bike, which he rides all around Milan.
Although he arrived with a collection of furniture and decor, Alex has purchased a few standout pieces to give the space a Milanese charm, such as the vintage Murano chandelier crowning the living room. Works of art and objects, meanwhile, fill every room with a personal touch.
With regard to decorating, Alex explains, “I wanted to keep it all a bit minimal. Since I work in a creative environment, I wanted to come home to some fresh air and space. I like to keep it simple but beautiful.” Though the apartment is far from cluttered, it’s clear that Alex is skilled in the art of mix and match: Pieces from the Berlin flea market sit beside modern Muji furniture, and a collection of photographs is paired with a 19th-century painting of the Copenhagen port.
Alex likes to entertain, but fêtes are kept super casual—he usually just cooks for a small group of friends. “There’s a good market nearby,” he explains. “I use old silver from a friend and Ginori plates.” A small Eero Saarinen tulip table surrounded by mismatched chairs and stools provides seating in the living room, while Alex managed to carve out a spot in the kitchen for a café table and two cantilever chairs.
Now that he is comfortably settled in his new home, Alex is using his creative prowess to think of ways he can make an impact in the world. “I am in contact with the Gordon Parks Foundation, which has scholarships for young talents, and also support Scholarship Plus,” he says. “This is a work in progress.” With his adventurous attitude and knack for composing warm environments, it’s clear Alex will make his mark.
⚒ Do It Yourself
It’s all about the high-low mix. Alex doesn’t hesitate to cover his Muji beds with Hermès blankets for a pop of color and luxury.
Buying in bulk can be beautiful. A supply of green glass water bottles makes for an unexpectedly artful display on one kitchen shelf.
Small seating areas make a big impact. Though there wasn’t space for a traditional dining table in his apartment, Alex carved out little vignettes throughout the house for a table and a few chairs—they’re perfect perches for a meal or coffee, or entertaining small groups of friends.
Keep it simple. Alex likes things minimal and clean, but he also allows his art pieces to breathe and live, whether sitting on the floor, resting on a desk or, more traditionally, hanging on the wall.
🛍 Shop It Out
“FEAR EATS THE SOUL” tray by Rirkrit Tiravanija, 85 €, shop.onestarpress.com
Tree House candle by Byredo, $85, byredo.com
Oak desk by Muji, $175, muji.us
White laminate Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek, $240, finnishdesignshop.com
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest