Cool Spaces: Rio de Janeiro Apartment by Da Hora Arquitetura

WORDS Cheri Morris PHOTOS Denilson Machado

Da Hora Arquitetura turned an unassuming apartment in Rio de Janeiro into a gallery home for art collectors with an impressive penchant for Brazilian designer furniture.

Located in Praia de São Conrado, a neighbourhood in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, the brief sought a liveable exhibition space. A home for humans and their design objects, from furniture to fashion, collected on travels near and far.

The architects reorganised the 280 sqm space, demolishing walls to make the living room the fulcrum around which the home revolves. The remaining walls were covered with carpentry panels, finished in natural wood or with white paint for the purposes of exhibiting renowned plastic works by the likes of Palatinik, Vik Muniz, Jorge Mayet, Alexandre Mazza, Galvão and Adriana Duque.

Furnishings by master Sergio Rodrigues dominate the space. In the lounge and dining area, Lucio dining chairs, the Sonia, Mocho and Magrini stools and Benjamin, Mole and Paraty armchairs give an air of contemporary luxe. The theme continues through 22 armchairs signed by Etel Carmona, the jangada chair by Jean Gillion, the Capri bench by Jorge Zalszupin and Legg and Jardim tables, as well as Nutt pendant lamps by Jader Almeida.

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