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RSRG Architects completed the renovation of a 1,173-square-foot home in the Pinheiros area of São Paulo, Brazil. João Apartment features colorful furniture, an array of plants and original artifacts from around the world.

Removing some of the walls made room for a bright, open social space. The doors of the eclectic apartment were replaced by vintage ones found in São Paulo’s antiques district. Exposed brick, concrete pillars and remnants of the original walls add an industrial touch.

“Conscious interventions and a strict budget gave João Apartment its unique style of deconstruction and simplicity,” the architects said. “Life revolves around an open space with a kitchen and an adjoining living room, while the bedroom, bathroom and laundry are in a more private area.

“The decor is a great mix: a beloved piano, classic pieces like the iconic Paulistano chairs, one-of-a kind items like the bed discovered at a flea market. Little owls, Brazilian indian artifacts, and Bolivian and African sculptures give away the fact that this is an avid craft collector’s house.”

Landscape artist Daniela Ruiz collaborated with the architects to choose a fresh assortment of greenery for the home. Green ivy, fiddle-leaf fig and other plants blend perfectly into the eclectic design scheme. [Photography by Fran Parente]