In a factory building on the outskirts of Milan, a fashion photographer crafts a sleek loft that’s the perfect stopover in between his global travels.
In case there's any doubt about his jet-setting bona fides, the Italian fashion photographer Giampaolo Sgura puts this credo at the top of his frenetic Twitter feed: "Giampy lives in Milan and New York and travel world for his Passion!!!!" Fortunately, his partner, the Spanish menswear stylist Miguel Arnau, feels much the same way. So it is perhaps fitting that this high-flying duo has created a home in Milan inside a former airplane-assembly factory.
Sgura, who has shot advertising campaigns for Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana, bought the loft just over a decade ago after visiting a friend's architecture studio in east Milan. The gritty street was lined with old industrial buildings that were being converted to television and photography studios, design showrooms, and residential lofts.
Sgura soon learned about a nearby loft for sale and made the move. The location near one of Milan's three airports, Linate, was certainly convenient for this photographer on the go. "It's outside the city, quiet and calm," he says, "but it's also very central. I can get to the Duomo in just 15 minutes."