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Efficient and Light-Filled Makeover of Small Apartment in Sao Paulo

Maximizing space is on the top of everyone’s agenda when it comes to home design and decorating. The one little hassle with the brilliant plan is of course, how do you actually get it done without sacrificing on form! As always, we look around for inspiration and ideas that help us with space-savvy design even as we work within style constraints. Nestled in Pinheiros, São Paulo, the Antônio Bicudo Apartment designed by Vão offers another wonderful opportunity to observe creative minds pull this off without ever seeming to try too hard. The 50 square meter small apartment on the third floor of a modern building has been revamped and reorganized to absolute perfection!

Antônio Bicudo Apartment in Sao Paulo
Antônio Bicudo Apartment in Sao Paulo

Much of the makeover was carried out without any major demolitions of the existing walls internally and you can see that smart, space-saving solution were added on top to deliver the right result. One of the most obvious aspects of the renovated apartment is the way in which white was used to create a uniform backdrop. This reduced visual fragmentation even while keeping parts of the exposed brick wall sections intact. A flood of natural light also accentuates the lightness and cheerful appeal indoors while a large wooden pantry with shelving and a dark, black bookshelf along with the entertainment unit offer the necessary contrast.

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Giant wooden pantry that is neatly tucked behind wooden doors
Custom living room shelving for the entertainment center
White wall of the living room with metallic shelving in black
Simple and elegant living space of the small apartment
Open plan living and kitchen of the small Brazilian apartment

With an open plan living, dining area and small, single-wall kitchen, organizational ease takes over inside the apartment. A ladder reaching up to the storage area above the bathroom and a neatly tucked away bedroom with plenty of privacy complete the transformation that is both pleasing and practical. [Photopgraphy: Rafaela Netto]

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Exposed brick wall section painted white to create a uniform backdrop
Light-filled and white living room of the Brazilian apartment
Metallic black bookshelf and entertainment unit in the living room
Small, single-wall kitchen design with a multitasking workstation
Big pantry cabinet in the living room hides pretty much everything and anything
Corner of the living room is beautifully lit by natural light

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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