Modern Chic Apartment by Mauricio Karam Architect

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This apartment, in one of the tallest buildings in São Paulo, Brazil, is a haven of fine modern art and clean, contemporary style, by architect and designer Mauricio Karam. One of the first things you’ll notice are the floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the interior with great natural light that shows off an abstract painting of yellow, orange, and umber to advantage. Sliding doors lead from those spacious windows onto a terrace, edged with blue wrought-iron railings and trellises and filled with lovely outdoor living details: low wooden benches, wicker loungers, an al fresco table and chairs, potted plants. Indoors, you’ll find a lot of pure white: much like gallery walls, the walls in this apartment are a perfect blank canvas to show off artwork and accessories.

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Brown also plays a key role in the décor here — striped wallpaper in one bathroom, beige sofas and chairs in the living room — as does lemon yellow in the eat-in kitchen. Wood floors are covered by a neutral-toned rug in the living room and a white fluffy number in a bedroom. Amid all the streamlining is a cozy surprise: a home office, one dark chocolate wall holding high bookshelves above a substantial desk. The space overall is full of natural light by day; by evening, recessed fixtures provide illumination for work without glare spots. But whether relaxing at the entertainment center, gazing upon the numerous pieces of art and sculpture, or having morning coffee on the terrace, living is easy in this chic apartment design.

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