This apartment in the trendy neighborhood Jardins in São Paulo was built in the 1960s. After more than fifty years it was high time to also give the interior a modern update. The new owner, who himself is active in the art world and was open to something unique, went knocking on Atelier PECLAT + CHOW's door.
Brazilian design studio Atelier PECLAT + CHOW is known for its essentialist approach. ‘Every element is essential, and plays a fundamental role to the harmonious outcome,’ according to the designers. From a door handle to the combination of textures and bespoke furniture, each element contributes to creating an environment that enhances human life, encourages interaction and arouses emotions. The highly personal results of this approach are extremely soothing and truly inspiring. Iss Apartment is a recently finished realisation by Alfredo Peclat, Gabriela Chow and their team. The apartment from the 60s urgently needed an update to make it fit in better with its trendy environment, the upper class neighbourhood Jardins in São Paulo. The result combines the original character with more modern comfort and a neutral palette. Because the new owner of this apartment is of Greek origin himself - he has been living in the Brazilian capital for eight years now - that element was also taken into account. Original brick walls were given a white stucco finish that refers both to the typical Greek building style and the urban landscape of São Paulo. ‘With this solution, the exposed bricks gained a new delicate, and soft dimension,’ the interior designers explain. And this certainly benefits the intended serene, soothing character of the apartment.
The original character has been restored, but with more modern comfort and a neutral colour palette
By the way, the layout has been thoroughly revised and the most remarkable intervention is the transformation of the three compact bedrooms into two spacious ones. A window in the entrance hall that didn’t really have a purpose, now provides ample light in the master bedroom. The improved flow of the rooms also increases the living comfort. This is further enhanced by the sober but refined palette of colours and materials. The timeless Calacatta marble in the kitchen and bathroom and the Peroba Mica hardwood floors create elegant accents, fitting into the whole, but never overpowering it. Completely in keeping with the atmosphere of the apartment, a mix of bespoke furniture and lighting and some mid-century design pieces by Brazilian designers was also chosen.
A warm and refined result, where we also see ourselves completely relax! Photography by Luiza Maraschin