Olimpia Zagnoli is an illustrator based in Milan and New York. Her work has been published in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, GOOD, the Boston Globe and more. She works mainly in the editorial field but sometimes enjoys drawing on shop windows, t-shirts or sidewalks. This is the home she shares with her mom and sister in Milan. Set to move out in a couple months, Olimpia wanted to share these pictures and memories of the place she’s called home for the past 10 years. It’s where she does most of her work and gets inspired by her mom’s collections. She loves the way her mother’s furniture from the ’50s and ’60s naturally blends with her sister’s style, which says “diva,” and her own constant mess consisting of children’s books, cups of tea, records and a yoga mat that she never uses. Find more images of Olimpia’s home here, and stay tuned to her work, as she is currently working on a children’s book and has a few album covers in the works. Thanks, Olimpia! (And thanks to her father, Miro Zagnoli, the photographer!) — Anne
Image above: This is the dining room. The table once belonged to my great grandmother, the carpet is vintage, the chairs are designed by Enzo Mari for Castelli and the chandelier is designed by Giò Ponti for Venini. (One light bulb burned out! Shhh.)
Image above: This is a very messy table. All the works you see are by my mom, Emanuela Ligabue, except the one with the gun, made by artist Ivo Bonacorsi. The little chair is designed by Marcel Wanders for Cappellini.
Image above: This is the first thing you see when you enter the house. The previous owners left that amazing marble floor with zodiac signs. In the beginning, it looked a little creepy to me, but then I got used to it and now I love it. All the books are divided in categories like poetry, literature, art, music, illustration, travel and more.
Image above: This is my mom’s bedroom. The walls are all covered with a beautiful wooden boiserie from the 50s, and on the top there’s a false ceiling that reminds me of old movie theaters. The bed is designed by Giò Ponti.
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Image above: My dad took that picture of me on my 18th birthday. There’s a message written backwards, but it’s a secret. The painting is by Achille Incerti. When I was little, I wanted my hair to look like hers.
Image above: This is the other side of the dining room. The red sofa is by James Irvine for Cappellini, and it’s where all my friends sleep when they come visit. The carpet is designed by Mario Radice. There’s a print by Bruno Munari hanging on the wall. It was my birthday present last year. Somebody gave us that beautiful Grundig record cabinet for free! The two plastic fluo vases are a present for my mom [that] I got at Fiorucci.
Image above: This picture is a work by Gina Pane, one of the founders of the 1970s body art movement. The other one is a collage my mom made inspired by Saint Lucy. The black vase is a Chinese urn a friend of my mom’s gave us. I bought the peanut-shaped peanut jar online (I couldn’t resist). My boyfriend got me that ceramic hand after I fell in love with it through a shop window in Glasgow.
Image above: My mom gets a new bouquet of fresh flowers every Thursday, so the green vase is always full. We put some silver snowflakes on the windows for Christmas. I got them in Los Angeles in a huge party store.
Image above: This is one of the walls in my room. A lot of images come from my sister’s collection of old diva pictures while the punk rock fliers and stickers belong to me. And if you look at the mirror, you’ll find me!