Unexpected Turin

The January issue of Icon Design, the renowned interior design magazine, published by Mondadori Group, inaugurates the year with a special project: the home of the interior designer Hyemin Ro – from Korea, arrived in Italy for a University internship – and her husband Davide Barreri, architect, in Turin. A true fellowship for a four-handed project: they are in fact collaborators of Cantarutti for whom they design exhibition spaces and sets of photo shooting. A balance of Italian icons, Munari and Castiglioni, and Scandinavian style, Louis Poulsen; modern objets trouvé and novelties such as the Yumi armchairs by Cantarutti, designed by Enzo Berti, and the Ribbon stool by Anderssen & Voll.

“A project imagined, designed, thought together, with complicity. Davide took care of the direction of the works, Hyemin chose the furnishings, the materials and pastel colors that make it a living chromorama. «I used a lot of shades of green and blue for their ability to offer calm and tranquility, in the kitchen I preferred the red that creates appetite. In the bedroom, on the other hand, I went back to the colors that most help to relax ».” (Excerpt from Icon Design, interview by Francesca Esposito)

“Ever since I was a young student, my dream was to collect Italian design, Made in Italy. I had a professor in Seoul who, not before teaching me to make coffee and listening to Subsonica, transmitted me a huge passion for the design: not only decoration and beauty but also the functional aspect.” – Hyemin Ro (Excerpt from Icon Design, interview by Francesca Esposito)


Enzo Berti has reinterpreted a classic design shape and developed a seating collection composed of a stackable chair, an armchair and a stool. Made of beech, Yumi is available with seat in wood or upholstered in fabric or leather.

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Read the article on Icon Design. Photographs: Mattia Balsamini.