Lella and Julio’s apartment, located in São Paulo, Brazil, is the first apartment the couple have lived in together. As is often the case for young couples starting out, they had a lot of ideas for their space, but not a lot of money to buy most of the things they liked. Lella knew exactly what she wanted in terms of furniture and decor, so with that in mind she put a plan into action. Working within their tight budget they did what many people do and became very resourceful. For years they searched high and low for cheap deals on designer pieces (including buying the very chair that a parking lot attendant was sitting on! It was an Eames chair after all). Each of these cleverly procured pieces are now cherished within their home, nestled into their “mini-compositions” that they love to design. As the saying goes, “A place for everything, everything in its place.” It doesn’t matter if it’s high end or less polished DIY pieces, they just love to create, collect and display things in whimsical and unexpected ways. Lella is an architect who also makes art and Julio is an illustrator who shares a business, Mulheresbarbadas with his good friend Henrique. Thank you Lella and Julio and special thanks to Ricardo Bassetti for the lovely photographs. -Shannon
Image above: Most of the wall pieces are from friends. All of the cushions are made by Lella’s mom! The Jacobsen’s chairs we bought from a friend (that had previously bought from and old restaurant owner) and we just repainted them. One of the things we like the most there (besides our cat) is the garland light from Tord Boontje.
Image above: The credenza definitely is a favorite here. It was conceived and designed by Lella! The armchair (Ouro Preto by Michel Arnoult) is Lella’s grandpa heritage. The big frame behind it is a print from my other studio with Henrique (diplomatas.tv), and the other one hanging on the wall is a drawing Lella’s dad did when he was a teenager. The plastic chandelier we bought on supermarket on a trip we did to Copenhagen. The paint on top of the bed is Lella’s. And of course we love our cats (Juliette on the bed and LeBron over the window).
See more of this Julio and Lella’s Brazilian home after the jump…
Image above: Our apartment faces south. Here in Brazil, it means that we NEVER have direct sunlight (which sometimes is kind of a bummer). But we have two balconies and big windows, so we have lots of light coming in so it’s always very bright (which makes up for lack of direct sunlight), and every once in a while some metallic skyscraper reflects the sunlight in our living room, and it’s almost like the real deal. On the right by the couch is the “C-table” designed by Lella at the architecture studio she’s currently working for; it’s a multi-functional table: you can use it (like it is: C) for the laptop (I use it to work in front of the TV sometimes during the day), for plates and cups, or remotes. And you can also turn it (like this: ∩) and rest our feet and also seat on it.
Image above: We like to read, and a lot of these books serve as creative inspiration. A lot of artists books, architecture, and some magazines. We also collect every piece that we’ve (Bearded Ladies) been featured on (and sometimes more than one copy of it), so that too.
Image above: Here is another view of the “C-table”. The lamp that we fondly named Julio Prouve which is my take (with copper tubes welded on the oven) on the famous Jean Prouve lamp. Also we love both paintings (the one the pink frame and the other with the leafs and slugs) by Lella’s mom (both done in the early ’70s).
Image above: You can see on the wall Mulheres Barbadas (Bearded Ladies) latest pride and joy, which is the flip flop we designed for Havaianas. Also the grey Eames chair, we found a guy on a parking lot, watching cars seated on it! So we gave him 50 bucks, and brought the chair home! The wooden palettes is DIY project. We found them, spray painted one, added some wheels, and now we use it as a wood sample cabinet.
Image above: We used this sofa bed for guests, until one day the cats decided to have fun and destroy it! It looked so messy, we felt we could help them. And so we drew all over it with red-black-and-blue pens, and invited all our friends to help. Now we ended up collecting many amazing doodles and we feel attached to it again! And above that couch the latest piece Lella was commissioned (a skate board shape!)
Image above: The most amazing canvas by Rebecca Ward, a print from my other studio with Henrique (diplomatas.tv) and a signed LP from Hanni El Khatib(!). And the 20 years old keyboard, that we started playing again for the past couple of years.
Image above: The goats and sharks towel was made with stencils by Lella, flying cow the we bought on London’s airport back in 2006 when we had a canceled flight and had to kill some time and ended up in a kid’s store!
Image above: We made the magnet of us getting married in Vegas with Elvis (hehe), and the golden pig on the top of the microwave (we spray painted some cheap animals gold for New Years and it was a gift for all the guests). We’re left with the golden pig, a moose (you can see on the keyboard pic) and in the paintings composition in the living room there’s a tapir, that we later painted mint.
Image above: This is the hallway that connects the living room and the bedroom, and since it’s a really old apartment (probably from the ’60s) they only had this land line hole in the wall. So the phone would be near all rooms. To us it looked more like a small shrine, and that’s what we ended up with. Tofer Chin’s spikes with a vintage Palatnik zebra are in the center, pictures from Lella’s mom and a drawing she did on the ’60s next to it.
Image above: This is one of my small compositions. It’s called “Confucius with lasers” . So basically is a small Confucius statue that I bought on a street fair for a dollar and spray painted white, put some pink strings coming out of it’s eyes and then made de laser-explosion-splatter with a couple of cardboard layers. Makes no sense but it’s really funny to us.