We are Chiara and Elena, creative and curious who gave life to Sine Modus. We manufacture and sell tailor-made turbans and a line of contemporary vintage clothing. Our shop is located in the Isola neighborhood in Milan.
Chiara: I live in Cimiano, outside the center of Milan, with my partner Andrea. Ours is a very bright house, decorated with modern furniture, antiques and objects from our cities of origin. The room I like the most? Surely it is the living room, that I have furnished with a very large and comfortable sofa. On the main wall I hung two pictures of Japanese inspiration that my parents bought for their first home as newlyweds; then there is a table with steel feet and glass top, several soft lights (from the ’70s design), ornamental plants and books about art, fashion and motorcycling.
Elena: I like to define myself half actress and half small creative entrepreneur, and these two aspects, combined together, allow me to feel free and to freely express all my creativity. I live in Milan, a city that I love very much, but I have also lived in Dublin, London and Paris, multi-cultural centers that have enriched me (spiritually and intellectually) very much. My home is a place of meeting and security, where I can always be myself and feel at ease, with or without a turban. All rooms are cozy, bright; the predominant color is white. It is not big but has very high ceilings that create space and breath. I find it very fascinating: it is a small apartment that is part of a Milanese building from the 1940s. Retro and romantic.
Chiara: I often travel for work, looking for fabrics or vintage pieces, and when I’m away, what I miss most about Home are my paintings, the little sculptures, the books and the plants with which I filled my everyday life. Traveling is wonderful, but there is nothing like home…
Elena: it is said that the house is the mirror of people soul, and I believe it. I believe that the house speaks precisely of those who live there, of us. The environment that I prefer is the one that is divided between the kitchen and the living room, because here I receive and welcome my friends and my family. And then, as a good Italian, I love cooking! For me, the ritual of preparing lunch and dinner is fundamental: it gives me psychophysical wellbeing and pushes away everyday stress, I live the experience in the kitchen as a moment capable of transmitting positivity – to myself and to others.
Chiara and Elena: for us the perfect home has a large mirror in the entrance, and maybe even a small armchair; it has a very light wood parquet floor, many windows, a terrace full of flowers, a bookshelf in the living room and ivy … The kitchen is very large and on the table there is a vintage pink ceramic fruit bowl; in the bedroom, well, there would be a tailor mirror typical of the ’50s and the grandma’s wooden chest of drawers!
Chiara: sometimes I work from home, and I do it mainly in the living room. In fact, on the glass table there is always my laptop open, and there are books and magazines with which I do my researches, scattered here and there. While I work I listen to music from an old vintage radio.
But as soon as I can, I try to dedicate a cuddle to me, a moment of relaxation just for myself. I like to do it outside on the terrace: I sit down on one of my 60s bar chairs, that I bought long ago from a nice junk dealer. And then I read Vogue or a novel, while sipping a freshly made extracted juice. Wonderful!
Elena: to relax within the walls of my house I turn on a background music, but not any music: Yann Tiersen or Ludovico Einaudi – unparalleled; then I dedicate myself to beauty care – face masks, scented and floral candles, and a nice cup of herbal tea with roses.
Chiara: one of the most beautiful memories of my house dates back to two years ago, it was the first time I decorated the Christmas tree (I had never done it before!) and while I was decorating I felt happy and carefree like a child. My partner wanted to shoot me with a videocamera, so as to keep forever that precious memory. There you go, for me Home is being able to be myself, express myself, enjoy my interests in a peaceful environment, where I can take care of myself and of those I love. Home is a nest, it’s a safe haven, where I cook a parmigiana, dedicate myself to reading, fall asleep looking at the framed pictures on the dresser, that remind me of happy moments.
Elena: the first second I saw my house for the first time, I immediately fell in love with it. It was an unknown environment, yet seemed to say to me: “At last you’re home!” For me Home is a special place, every time I walk in the entrance I feel good, especially when it’s summer, and the sunlight penetrates through the windows until the evening. Its reflection on the white walls and high ceilings gives me a deep sense of peace.