Entering the Casa Cor Rio 2013 competition with a sophisticated project, Gisele Taranto Architecture proved that attention to details, light and carefully chosen furniture pieces can create an inspiring design worth sharing with the world. Occupying the second floor of a two story penthouse apartment, this elegant master suite known as Casa Cor was designed in collaboration with art curator Vanda Klabin, lighting designer Maneco Quinderé and the creative team of Landscape Studio. Their collective effort resulted in a compact design imagined for a couple who value intimacy and privacy and desired a home that accentuates a connection between the outdoors and the cozy interior spaces. As you can see, there is no TV in the bedroom – a choice that opens up new possibilities for evening entertaining and guides the eye towards the floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to an outdoor terrace. Privacy in maintained behind the wooden sun-braking panels that were also used to shape a roof shading system outside.

Contrasting with the walls only to offer a fresh natural feel, the salvaged Brazilian walnut floors were matched with a silk rug that balances the otherwise cold atmosphere. Several designer pieces fill up the chic space: the office corner displays a writing-desk by designer Emanuel Gallina for Poliform, the terrace boasts Patricia Urquiola’s Maia outdoor armchairs or Rodolfo Dordoni’s Flavin chair by the desk. Standing alongside 19th century Portuguese furniture like the drawer chest in the bedroom, the ladder leaning against a wall or the pine and oak chair in the bathroom, these pieces explore modern interior design as well as nostalgia and historic value. Gray stucco walls reach up to shape the ceiling and provoked the designers to employ an inspiring lighting technique, creating apparently chaotic slits in the ceiling. Showcasing an eclectic mix of elements, furniture and lights, this home looks filled with character, colored details and unexpected textures.