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Concrete, Cement and Creative Lighting: Space-Savvy Apartment in Sao Paulo

A single bedroom apartment with 753 square feet (70 square meters) might not seem like a whole lot from the outside, but when used right, it offers ample living space for a young couple. Nestled in the vivacious city of São Paulo, Brazil, MaxHaus showcases precisely that, as Casa 2 Arquitetos turn it into an inviting and functional hub full of uniqueness. The modest apartment has a distinct industrial-modern vibe with cement flooring, a concrete backdrop and an ambiance that veers more towards ‘dark than light’. Accentuating this appeal even while ushering in ample natural ventilation, the architects found a perfect balance between casual playfulness and curated elegance.

Living room of the modest, single bedroom apartment in Brazil

Instead of completely going down the route of neutral colors, the apartment is draped in black, gray and white, creating an exclusive ambiance. Custom lighting fixtures, iconic Tom Dixon pendant lights and industrial-style sconces in the bedroom and bathroom complement the modern décor ever so elegantly, even as the black countertop and tiled backsplash in the kitchen provide striking visual contrast. Color is added to the interior using smart décor and accessories that usher in pops of red, green, yellow and blue in a restrained yet striking fashion.

Modern one bedroom apartment in São Paulo, Brazi for a young couple

Smart decor and chairs add color to the neutral interior

Tom Dixon pendant lights add class to the modest apartment

Custom copper pipe ceiling light in the living room

Framed artwork in the dining room adds fun and playfulness to the setting

Open bookshelves add color and character to the interior

Narrow modern kitchen design for the small apartment

Small kitchen with black granite countertop

Kitchen with black countertop and black tiled backsplash

Other interesting features inside the apartment include a wooden accent wall in the bedroom, a chalkboard wall next to the dining space and the illuminated sign that adorns it. Since the homeowners loved to host friends and family often, the living area was maximized and the bedroom was kept as small as possible, creating one large, open central zone. [Photography: Rodrigo Braga]

Iluminated wall sign and chalkboard wall in the Brazilian apartment

Chalkboard wall in the dining space

Small dining room with Tom Dixon pendants

Nifty kitchen design makes great use of corner space

Bedside lighting saves space and adds a hint of industrial style

Decor idea to add color to a neutral backdrop

Bathroom vanity with an industrial vibe

Modern home office with open bookshelf above workstation

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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