Born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, the journalist, fashionista and activist Luiza Brazilin front of the platform mequetrefismos, was looking for an apartment in São Paulo after receiving a job offer in 2019. Familiar with the capital of São Paulo, where she lived between 2012 and 2016, she immediately listed the prerequisites of the property she intended to rent. “My housing was non-negotiable on this return. I needed sunlight and preferably a balcony to include a grill and a shower. We were lucky to find this place”, he says about the 100 m² unit in the Cerqueira César region.
The pandemic began six months later. Seeing herself isolated there, the girl began to imagine a small remodeling. “I wanted something functional for my personal and professional routine, without falling into this instagrammable house thing. I knew it would be a process, and I wasn’t sure what to do. So I decided to ask for guidance,” she reflects. The person chosen to run the project was an acquaintance from Rio de Janeiro: the set designer Gigi Barreto, from Home Life Scenery.
As soon as she assumed the role, the professional focused on the client’s tastes and desires. “In addition to being sophisticated and fun, she is also a woman of details. The proposal should make that clear,” she says. On her first visit to the address, in 2021, she has already viewed the layout to the social areaswhere the intervention focused.
With the help of the architect Tatiana Felnerfell to wall that separated the Hall gives living room – only one structural pillar remained. “We changed the entire dynamics of the space with this small change”, explains Gigi, adding that the place gained amplitude and clarity.
after applying burnt cement across the floor of livingthe time has come for painting. This stage started with lilac, a spiritual indication of power, according to Luiza. Getting the tone right, however, was not so simple. The duo made several tests until the Rear Window nuance, from suvinylfit like a glove.
Proposing new uses for old pieces and recovering those that belonged to the resident’s collection constituted other premises of the remodeling, guided by the upcycling. The scenographer searched antique shopsjunkyards, roadside stores and resale sites in order to find items sustainable and conscientious, with good quality. From this investigation came all the furniture, except the dining table.
But it still lacked a hint of glamour. “I love the art deco, which reminds me of Rio de Janeiro. I dreamed of a chandelier in this style”, says the journalist. The highlight of the project, according to her, hovers over the dining area: a pendant from the 1930s, assembled with glass straws, found in the mountains of Rio de Janeiro and carefully restored.
Finally, Luiza finished off the decor with pieces by Afro-Brazilian artists, curated by her and Gigi. “I think, in general, my home speaks about me as a black, Brazilian, Latin woman… as someone who works with fashionwhich values the vintage. All my references can be found here”, he summarizes.