Art Deco interiors hardly need to be changed, if they are well kept. Such is the case of this apartment, in Lisbon, located in a charismatic residential area from the 1930s. Bairro Azul – “The Blue District” – owes its name to the colored shutters of its buildings. Instead, the zigzag framings of the windows and the indented rails of the interiors provided the leitmotif for the design. The tweed pattern of the new wood flooring tilts the geometry and visuals of each room. Bathrooms are added concave chambers, like giant white tiaras clad with chamfered ceramic tiles. In turn, the upholstered wardrobes inside the bedrooms appear to be oversized trunks. These furnishings are inserted around the apartment as luxury follies, sorting spatial setbacks and providing a sign of status for the client.

Date: 2008 | Location: Lisbon, Portugal | Client: Cristina Xavier | Architecture: Patrícia Barbas, Diogo Lopes
Collaborators: Jan Vojtísek, Lígia Ribeiro, Tânia Roque | Contractor: Área Civil
Photography: DMF, Barbas Lopes Arquitectos (Sérgio Catumba) | Area: 280 m2 | Budget: N/A