A Warm Artist’s Haven: Apartamento YN in São Paulo, Brazil, from a:m Studio

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“This apartment of 110 m² (1184 ft²), in a typical Higienópolis modernist building with light…met the demands of the resident, an artist who likes well-integrated environments with flexibility of use.” Thus is how a:m Studio in São Paulo, Brazil, describes this colorful, contemporary space that is, indeed, full of light. Expanding the floor plan made the kitchen and one other room open up to the living area; this exposed support beams and revealed a white shelf near the ceiling where the artist owner has placed some sculpture. The exposed beam was then stripped down to bare concrete, a stunning and effective accent of natural stone in contrast to the clean white walls of the rest of the home. In an apartment full of personal modern art and tasteful touches, even some of the furniture is art — a table, carved by the owner.

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This apartment also features custom-designed woodwork; a large bookcase does double duty as a library and as the support for a handy — and movable — oak work table. Even the table itself is flexible and shows a different “face,” depending on whether it’s used as table or as bookcase door. The wide-plank mahogany floor, made from wood salvaged from demolition, ties the areas together with a warm neutral note that enhances all the colors around it — especially red, which is a favorite. See it on the wonderful glass cabinet; on small art in the kitchen and a large painting in the living area; in cushions on the furniture, and a patchwork rug on the floor. So, while this apartment may have started out in a “typical” building, its end result is as unique as its owner…and far from typical.

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