Envisioned by Silvio Stefani in collaboration with furniture manufacturer Minacciolo, this metropolitan loft in Milan, Italy, does so many great things with dark, industrial metals. The sober color palette is fully of dark black metals (both matte and shiny) and greenish grays, like the grey concrete floor, and wood (both burnt black and natural). It’s mysterious and brawny, dark and bright, airy and substantial.

“The black metal and the burnt wood merge together to create scenographic environments with a sculptural impact,” the designers at Minacciolo said. “The spaces are open and dynamic and receive much praise — thanks to the flexibility of the possible layouts.”

Every “room” in the loft has another creative detail that mixes metal with a deep, dark grey or black. In the kitchen, a pair of Mammut extractor hoods stand their ground. Most kitchen hoods are hard not to notice; these are impossible not to notice. The Frame table by Minacciolo, in the dining room, has by a solid wood frame and a glazed steel top that goes great with the chandelier above, made from real pots. Here the metal, left to its natural silver shine, seems almost bare.

Other design highlights include the Natural Skin wooden storage unit and the Mina multi-functional island. “Natural Skin is characterized by lean, geometric and minimal lines, whereas the Minà line shows more references to tradition,” the designers added. “Two different styles, able to coexist in perfect harmony.”

“The consistency of the wood — unlaquered but treated with a specific process and the smoothness of the metal merge together to create the perfect balance.” [Information provided by Minacciolo; Photography by Marco Silotto, Enrico Dal Zotto]

Does this Milan loft inspire you to try black out in a new way? How?