Designing Your Home Away from Home: Renovating a Vacation Home

Lately I was asked if it’s more difficult to design and manage a vacation home project rather than having a local client.  Though there are some obvious differences in being able to meet face to face, technology has made that much simpler and of course Fedex helps to speed samples along. Between emails, whatsapp, phone calls & video conferences staying in touch is really no longer a barrier to having long – distance clients.  In reality it’s not very different from any other local project, overall the process is the same. In fact, locally we also give our presentations digitally…

PROJECT FEATURE: Rio Apartment Inspiration

So when asked to design an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, my native town, I began to assemble images that would portray the feelings, materials, textures and colors I’d like to introduce to the project. I was influenced by the design of modern Brazilian beach houses that incorporate vernacular traditions. These projects inspired me to introduce natural materials such as woods and fibers with the contrast of “modern” finishes such as lacquer and frame-less glass. In the end, I want to walk into this space and have it feel light, breezy, elegant but welcoming. I want to hear,Β “Eu, vocΓͺ, nΓ³s…