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Casa Cor I

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For the leading Casa Cor interior and architecture show in Rio de Janeiro, Paloma Yamagata’s team designed a house-in-a-box: a large open space the size of a 2-bedroom apartment, complete with everything a house offers – including a garage and garden. Yamagata’s concept: the ingenious use of the contrast between exposed, industrial installations, and lush materials and furniture.

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“The only enclosed space was a luxurious suite inside a basic container”, says Yamagata, who worked on the design with her partner Bruno Rangel. “It was like a box-in-a-box, reinforcing the industrial/luxury contrast. The container doubled as the separation between the entrance hall and the garage. Every area was divided from the others by a different architectural solution.”

Creating contrast

Yamagata chose a sober colour palette, in order to emphasise the contrasting materials and textures. Yamagata: “We used different grey-tones and concrete on parts of the floor, walls and ceiling, with the central container being military green: very utilitarian. Some accessories provided splashes of colour throughout, as another way to create contrast.”

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Concrete and wood

To Yamagata, one of the showstoppers was the space’s floor. “The wood flooring connected the social and private areas of the house. The combination of a noble wood species like oak and basic concrete and was fundamental to the concept. It got us really excited about the quality of the Hakwood product; the first thing we did after the show was to specify it for a new project in Sao Paolo.”

Products used
Flooring Pure, Authentic Collection
Grades Rustic
Finish Oil
Thickness 15 mm (5/8")
Plank widths 180 mm (7")
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