Sao Paulo Artist’s Apartment Reinvention

Today’s design inspiration comes from the interior renovation and modernization of a Sao Paulo artist’s apartment in the upscale residential neighborhood of Pacaembu in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The residence is reinvented with a fresh, contemporary design by one of Brazil’s most prominent interior architecture and design talents Diego Revollo.  The designer clarified the space and rendered it a functional gallery for the displaying of a growing collection of artworks, many of which were created by the owner himself.

The project called for the editing and refinement of the formal public spaces.  The residence was beginning to feel a little dated for it possessed some features rendering it a bit heavy, such as excess plaster details, moldings, and columns.  The renovation included the removal of much of these superficial applications and opening the spaces for a cleaner shell.  Some of the apartments original features were preserved, such as the wide trim and high baseboards which maintain the apartment’s air of magnificence.  The effortless combining of classic and modern design for results that are timeless and livable is a signature for the designer and is well demonstrated here.

The living room is the home’s main showplace where most of the art displays.  The mahogany floors are original to the apartment and were preserved beautifully with a finish highlighting the natural grain.  White lacquer finishes the walls with a gallery effect with a back feature wall finished in black to create visual contrast.  The furnishings gather on a Tibetan carpet and the windows drape with silk from Emporium Beraldin.

diego revollo artist's apartment renovation living room feature wall

diego revollo artist's apartment renovation living room fire place

On either side of the fireplace, wooden shelves filled with interesting books and decorative objects display personality.  The art above the fireplace is by the artist Amilcar de Castro.  The black chair is from the owner’s original collection, now ebonized and reupholstered with a damask fabric.

diego revollo artist's apartment living room prints

The work above the sofa is a signed piece by artist Luiz Paulo Baravelli.  On the left, framed geometric images adorn the wall, which is great design inspiration for those on a budget!

diego revollo artist's apartment living room sofas

The white sofa on the right is a Sofa Flexform- Montenapoleone, with the cream sofa on the left by Le Corbusier.

diego revollo artist's apartment living room details

The glass table in the center of the room was designed by Diego Revollo and executed by Glass Art.  It holds multiple art books and collectibles which make the room more personal and inviting, allowing the owner to express his interest.  The sculpture is an Ascanio Maria Martins Monteiro.

diego revollo artist's apartment reinvention living room seating details

The white swivel chair is by Casa Firma.

diego revollo artist's apartment central social space

diego revollo artist's apartment central social space bar detail

All of the principal public rooms in the artist’s apartment arrange around a central open social space which remains mostly unfurnished and unadorned.  It is great for entertaining.  The open area provides passage into the wide entrances of the more formal rooms around it.  The original mahogany floors in this area are simply restored with the walls finished in white lacquer.  An antique wooden dresser from the owner’s original contents is repurposed into a bar.  The piece was refinished with black lacquer and a black marble top was added.  A vignette of assorted art, personal items, and barware gather on the surface.  The sculpture to the right of the bar is the home owner’s creation.

diego revollo artist's apartment lounge

diego revollo artist's apartment lounge detail

A lounge is created from a portion of the space that was formerly the home’s spacious outdoor terrace.  The floors are replaced with white marble and the walls finished in white lacquer.  Simple white solar shades cover the windows.  The room is a great provider of natural light into the home and the designer took great care not to interrupt that.  The furnishings consist of four custom created settee with an aged silver finish and linen upholstery which gather around a grouping of stainless steel tables by REIA.  Missoni fabrics make up the cushions.

diego revollo artist's apartment dining room

diego revollo atist's apartment dining room table detail

diego revollo artists apartment dining room Fornasetti collection

The original marble floors in the formal dining room were retained after a little polishing up.  This is my favorite room actually.  I love the formality of the entrance, which was widened in the renovation.  It has large pocket doors which can close the space as well.  The glass top dining table was created from a repurposed antique desk from the owner’s original collection.  The surrounding Jansen dining chairs are also antiques that are refinished and reupholstered to match the walls.  In front of the windows, the designer created a marble sideboard of minimalist design, on which the candelabra stand.  A collection of Fornasetti plates adorns one wall.  The room’s ultimate accessory is the antique Empire-style Baccarat chandelier, which the designer restored with minor modifications.

diego revollo artist's apartment office and television room

diego revollo artist's apartment office and television room detail

The designer created a home-office/television room with this final public space of the artist’s apartment.  He removed a corridor wall to open and enlarge the space.  Diego finished the walls with white lacquer and covered the floors in marble.  A custom sofa of bespoke design created by Micasa positions on an angle in the room, along with a black armchair by Casa Firma forming the seating area on the Tibetan carpet.  A desk arranges in the angular space behind the sofa, making the room multi-purpose.

Diego Revollo Reinvents a Sao Paulo Artist’s Apartment With a Gallery Design

That concludes our design inspiration, my friend.   I hope you enjoyed today’s Sao Paulo Artist’s Apartment Reinvention.

To see another great home completed by Diego Revollo be sure to check out my post:

Brazilian Fashion Stylist Apartment: Diego Revollo!

All photos courtesy of, and with special thanks to Diego Revollo Arquitetura

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  • Staci

    This apartment is beautiful. But this is in the heart of Brazil. I would have liked to see more color, not so much white. This is in the heart of Brazil. When I think of Brazil, I think of Rio de Janeiro and how “over the top” colorful it is there. Obviously this is a residence so maybe a “dialed back” version of Rio de Janeiro but definitely more color.

    • Johnny Knight

      Thank you for your feedback Staci! I am glad you liked the home. So far I have only covered Brazilian residences in Sao Paulo, but definitely plan and look forward to including Rio de Janeiro in the future. Im told the differences between the two cities is the equivalent of East Coast and West Coast here in the US..or more the style differences between New York and Los Angeles, so that is exciting. Portuguese is less than I would like and that tends to greatly slow down these projects…but definitely stay tuned..we will definitely put a priority on it!

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