Margherita Maccapani Missoni plays hostess, opening up the doors of her Milan apartment to reveal a space just as cheery and pattern-centric as her family’s label. Photographs by Dylan Don. Directed by Robert Rabensteiner.
In the past year or so, Margherita Maccapani Missoni has made big strides—and no, we’re not referring to the frenzy of the Missoni for Target collaboration, though she deserves kudos for that too. After living in her family’s Milan apartment near Corso Venezia for quite some time (they’ve lived there since before she was born), she has set up her own home in the Brera district of Milan. “I tried to find a place in an area that’s close to the company headquarters but that still allows me to sweep out of the city quickly,” she says, referring to her packed travel schedule.
“Growing up, my home was always like an explosion,” says Missoni. “Full of color, full of paintings and pictures, full of furniture of all kinds.” She applies that same mix-and-match aesthetic that defines her imitable style to the way she has appointed her apartment: The entire space is a jumble of treasured period pieces (there’s a 1960s Seguso Venetian chandelier, a Sironi drawing that was a gift from her grandfather when she turned 18 and some vintage finds) and textures (Cole & Son’s malachite-print wallpaper from its Fornasetti line, Missoni for Target pillows and an embroidery by Rob Wynne that reads “I think of you and you don’t know it”—a gift from her mother, Angela).
Family is central to the Missonis, so it’s no surprise that Margherita looked to both Angela and her grandmother Rosita for direction. She points out that Rosita, a flea market aficionada and fervent collector of 20th-century furnishings, can be a bit “more bossy” than Angela when it comes to matters of design. “My grandmother is very generous,” says Missoni, who was able to “shop” the family storage facility when she started decorating her apartment. “But once you ask for her advice, you must take it!” —Nandita Khanna