The husband-and-wife owners of this prime São Paulo address enjoy an expansive open-plan layout that celebrates light, views, and soothing repose amid a bustling environment. The couple live full-time in the Brazilian city but keep a second residence in Miami, where they first hired the New York–based, full-service design firm Grade. After that project, they contracted the firm again, enlisting principals Thomas Hickey and Edward Yedid to design this 6,500-square-foot home located in a newly developed building that looks onto a private park.
“The clients were looking for something that would feel very unique and chic, with a New York sensibility and a sense of world-class taste,” says Yedid. “They had the desire to make a loft-like space and really appreciated the raw concrete materials here,” adds Hickey.
In the open-plan living areas, a series of modulating grays sets a sophisticated tone. Because each unit in the high-rise building takes up an entire floor, the designers created striking glass entry doors off the elevator vestibule. “We used opaque [blue lacquer] and transparent glass so that visitors don’t get a full view of the house until the doors are opened,” says Yedid of the double doors that lead to the central living space. In the media area, a custom-made bar cabinet embellished with blue lacquer and oil-rubbed bronze floats on the wall, while a painting by the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz hangs nearby.
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