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hidden gem What happened when Fulham got a sexy dose of Brazilian design…

A sensational, newly refurbished property owned and designed by a Brazilian architect, fusing South American contemporary style, custom finishes and perfect execution. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, the owner’s main inspiration was her vibrant home city, where natural materials and light were paramount – oak and walnut, polished concrete, glass, brick and colourful ceramic tiles - as the Brazilians say, “carioca”. The property was purchased in May 2012. As soon as the owner and her husband viewed the property, they knew it was for them: “Even though the style of the house was very different from what it is today, it had an amazing energy to it,” they reveal. “It was one of the widest houses we had seen in the area, and, more importantly, the garden was south facing with a beautiful, towering palm tree.

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We fell in love with it!” The house was completely refurbished with one overarching idea: “Big spaces with an open-plan layout for entertaining,” say the owners. “We wanted our own zones with minimal intrusion; fewer rooms with more equality.” Loving every space in the house, the owners wanted to ensure that they used it too: “We love working in the office every day, with the staircase and bespokedesigned furniture in view. Relaxing in the master bedroom or kitchen with views of the garden is one of our favourite things to do,” say the owners. Aside from the architecture, the property features a beautiful collection of South American furniture, much of it sourced from Brazilian designers including Sergio Rodrigues and Jader Almeida.

Domus Life Summer 2015  

This latest issue of Domus Life is inspired by Europe, celebrating its architecture, design, culture, spaces and people - all undeniably ent...