Flavia and Rodrigo's Simpático Space

Flavia and Rodrigo's Simpático Space

Gregory Han
Aug 5, 2009

Name: Flavia and Rodrigo
Location: Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Size: 1,184 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years

Here's our first house tour from Brazil, a modest sized apartment located in Leblon, a lively residential section of Rio de Janeiro, located near the famous beach of Ipanema, and belonging to architect couple, Flavia and Rodrigo...

The space emphasizes both their family life and a quiet, but integrated elements of high design; all throughout the apartment are the telltale signs of the colourful presence of children all balanced by a thoughtful selection of decorative items that embody the Brazilian ideal of "simpático", an easy going and agreeable nature

AT Survey:

My/Our style: As architects (we have our own firm – Architectare), we think the space has a strong power over the ones living in it, so we try to make it as flexible as possible. We are not focused in a specific style, we pay more attention to the pieces, because they can be moved around the house as we improve the space and ourselves.

Inspiration: We designed our home according to our architecture philosophy. The inspiration came from our background and lifestyle.

Favorite Element: Starck's Slick Slick chairs. They are incredibly comfortable!

Biggest Challenge: A limited budget.

What Friends Say: "Maneiro!" (which is a very carioca way to say "cool")

Biggest Embarrassment: Bathroom window and all the unpainted doors and skirting boards.

Proudest DIY: My husband and I mounted all the closets, but I think the nicest one is the Altoids art and the paper in the baby's bedroom wall where she can draw.

Biggest Indulgence: The restroom we made from an area taken from the old bathroom.

Best advice: Plan everything and wait for the annual sales

Dream source: MOMA Store and Tok Stok, a Brazilian store that has a lot of designed furniture for a good price.


Appliances: Television, DVD player, stereo, stove, microwave oven and refrigerator are all Brazilians regular brands.

Hardware: Door knobs are the model Duna from Brazilian brand Imab.
Faucets are from Deca.

Furniture: The living room: Starck's Slick slick and Louis Ghost chairs at the table. (the slick slick we bought at Tok Stok and the Louis Ghost we got from a auction we went with a client - Just U$ 30,00 each). Table, coffee table and sofas are from Fernando Jaeger, a Brazilian designer. The centerpiece on the table is from Alessi. The candles, as cheesy but they, are from my wedding party décor so I just can't get rid of them. Old fan and trunk were gifts from my mom (she bought the fan especially for this house and the trunk is reminiscent from one of her movings). The two ashtrays on the coffee table are made by a Brazilian designer called Jacqueline Terpins. The green Bouroullec brothers thing we got in NY (oh, MOMA Store!) when I was pregnant. We got the letters from a closing post office by our street.

The kitchen: First we had only the sink counter and upper closets above it, but when the baby came, we arranged the other side, all new cabinetry are from TokStok. The wood counter was a left over from my parent's renovation.

TV room (or Family room): This is the room we use the most. It has a desk for me and my husband (we designed), but is also a play room for the baby, so we can all stay together. Sofa and armchair by Fernando Jaeger and the Aalto's play table with little chairs (now planning to change the top of the table for a bigger one and buy a new coffee table to add to it so the kids can draw as we rest our feet when watching tv). On the sofa, cushions made by me. The fan on the ceiling is from a Brazilian designer called Indio da Costa. The black rooster, I made from vinyl and is used as a chalk board.

Bedroom 1: No bed, just a mattress on the floor. Bed side tables made by my mom (she got some wood from my parent's farm and designed it so the gardener helped her). Eclipse lamp by Mauricio Klabin (Brazilian designer). Again Indio's Spirit fan on the ceiling.

Bedroom 2: This is the bedroom that is going to change the most as soon as possible. The baby became a toddler and is getting a new bed (the one I used when I lived with my parents, to replace the crib) and little wooden kitchen furniture I designed (but don't have them made yet). For now, the play table and chairs, closet and drawer are from TokStok and the crib is from Fernando Jaeger. This room also has one of my favorites pieces on the house, that is the huge paper on the wall were the family drew and stuck stickers, sadly it is also going to be replaced for a new one, since there is no more free space…

Bathroom: Closet and Starck's Bubu from TokStok

Lighting: Master bedroom – Tolomeo, and Eclipse (Mauricio Klabin)
Tv room – Tolomeo
Living Room – Arco style lamp from TokStok, and spot lamp from Etna
Baby Bedroom – Old Art nouveu chandelier.

Paint: Snow white from Coral

Flooring: Peroba do Campo tiles.

Artwork: In the living room is a painting which is actually graffiti we found in our neighborhood from a construction temporary wall. The Altoids art was made by me (we didn't have Altoids in Brazil so I depended on loving friends that always brought them to me - I collected the tins and one day just glued them together and had it framed).

Tv room (or Familyroom): Above the desk and books, pictures by me and the baby (believe it or not). Baby's portrait was made by my father. On the wall, some art work the baby made at school.

Bedroom 1: The funny thing is that the only "good art" we have is all piled up in the corner of this room… Shame on me.

Bedroom 2: There is a ballerina picture on the wall that was made by my father in 82 and given to the baby when I was still pregnant and had just found out it was going to be a girl. The weird bird on the top shelve was a Christmas gift (also from my father) for the baby (that was only 1 month old at the time) and is from the French artist Paul Degens. The weird face behind the toys was also taken at that construction site.

Thanks, Flavia and Rodrigo!

(Images: Flavia and Rodrigo)

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