Loft M50: From Auto Body Shop to Modern Black + White Loft in Turin

In the heart of Turin, Italy, Loft M50 has undergone a complete transformation thanks to interior designer Paola Marè, who took an old auto body shop and turned it into an enviable modern living space. The design scheme is driven by black and white furnishings and elements that breathe new life into the space’s industrial past.

interior living room shot of large open loft apartment with black and white furnishings

The removal of a central dividing wall, coupled with the excision of a portion of the roof, allows for a large, open floor plan to give the space its loft-like feel. With the roof section gone, an interior courtyard emerges creating a private outdoor sanctuary in the city center. The airy expanse is framed by large sliding glass doors that open up to extend the loft’s footprint while increasing the natural light that enters the space.

interior shot of modern apartment with square interior courtyard that opens up to living space

split shot of modern living room of modern apartment with outside view of interior courtyard

The natural light that passes through the skylights, windows, and courtyard sliding doors was carefully studied throughout. A lighting design plan is now implemented into each space in order to enhance the daylight and create specific moods tailored to each functional zone.

partial view of modern living space with narrow white stairs leading to loft

interior shot of large open loft apartment with black and white furnishings

Three metal mezzanines make use of the loft’s vertical space, with one operating as the bedroom, complete with an exposed bathtub and private bathroom, the second is a lounge, and the third houses guest quarters. Two different staircases on opposite ends do away with symmetry as each one stands out for its own visual appeal. A minimalist staircase with white on the top and black underneath begins as a low console table and seating area before rising up to the lounge.

partial view in modern apartment looking towards modern staircase

angled interior shot of large open loft apartment with black and white furnishings

interior shot of large open loft apartment with black and white furnishings

The predominant palette of the interior fluctuates between pristine white and black iron, warmed by touches of birch plywood details and Beton porcelain tile floors in a pearl color.

interior shot of large open loft apartment with black and white furnishings

interior shot of open modern loft's dining room under slated ceilings

The third mezzanine hovers above the partially hidden galley kitchen, which is adjacent to the open dining room.

long view through modern galley kitchen

closeup view of modern black metal sculptural staircase in modern apartment

The second staircase, leading to the bedroom, is its own sculptural masterpiece made from black metal. The piece doubles as a storage shelf underneath while prominently acting as another focal point in the apartment.

angled view of modern black metal sculptural staircase in modern apartment

Beneath the elevated platforms, lives the loft’s entryway, a walk-in closet, the main bathroom, and a study with its own entrance. A sliding wooden slat door gives the studio privacy when needed. The open slat design helps maintain a visual connection to the rest of the interior even while closed.

front view of modern black metal sculptural staircase in modern apartment

down view from second floor of modern loft looking down over stairs

angled down view looking towards lower level modern living room

view from black stairs into bedroom loft with light green bedding

side view of bed with light green bedding with in floor tub in the distance

stairs up to embedded floor tub in angled roof loft

view of modern sitting area in modern loft with slanted ceilings

view through modern loft space with angled walls and windows along ceiling

Photography by Jana Sebestova.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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