As the place took on its present modern guise, the old bones of the building were not so much broken down as buffed to a high sheen.
"I really wanted to keep the European flavor," Atwood says, pointing out the handsome moldings and parquet floors that glisten as if they have been glazed with honey.
"), the designer has never lost sleep over developing a furniture plan.
"I don't have the patience or time to deal with it," he says with a groan.
A former model who has lived in Milan for 12 years, Atwood has become known for the sexy strappy heels in eye-catching suede and patent leather and supple handbags he designs for his eponymous label as well as for the Swiss luxury brand Bally (he was named the firm's creative director in 2007).