This minimalist apartment was designed by a local firm of architects Piacesi. The apartment and the firm of architects are based in Vila da Serra, in Belo Horizonte in the state of Minas Gerais.
Know of the place? I didn’t so I have added a map – just to put you in the picture. You will see that it is between Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro. It is the sixth largest city in Brazil and has a tropical climate – average temperatures are about 27° C!
It is hot. In my opinion, though, this is a super cool space.
The small apartment was designed to encapsulate an integrated environment and features straight lines, a sober tonal scale, and minimalist living. Just what you need in the tropics.
The super white and black glossiness of the space gives a sense of space and depth as well as liquidity to the area. Adding plants and touches of royal blues, grays, and pinks add interest and detracts from what could be quite bland.
A quirky touch with the black-sheep dining room chair.
Note the clever compactness of the cabinetry – giving plenty of storage space, but doubling up as useful, but aesthetic furniture.
The brilliant continuation of the wall texture – almost imitating raw concrete – goes all the way to the ceiling. And then to cap it, an industrial-like lighting system runs throughout the apartment in black; like a geometric designed rug on the ceiling.
Why hide something that can be used as a design element to add interest and contrast?
The designers opened up what was a spare bedroom and ingeniously inserted sliding frames to either open it up or close it off. The spare bedroom thus became part of the open-plan space, but if necessary it could revert from being an office back to a guest room.
The main bedroom’s mirrored cupboards add depth the to the room. Always remember the mirrors!
Well, I hope you enjoyed the trip to Brazil and managed to find some inspiring tips for your design dilemmas.
I will be back with more exotic designer showcases soon.