Apartment 61, connecting the brazilian modern design

apartamento-61-apartment-61-brazilian-architecture-arquitectura-brasilera-more-with-less-design-magazine-16Apartment 61 is a house-gallery located in Sao Paulo, financial capital of Brazil. An expographic project with furniture Forma and L’Atelier, carried out by the Brazilian architecture office MNMA studio.Apartment 61 goes through the modern architecture stages in Latin America and more specifically in Brazil. In an organic way this project registers the decades of 50’s, 60’s and 70’s of the architecture and design modern movement of São Paulo.
This place was originally one of the first modernist houses, and it is from archives and photos that its history is reconstructed. Over the years it has been intervened again, until today that works as a gallery house.
Apartment 61 is particularly striking because of its metal skeletons, which, like large frames, function as connectors of times and places.


The metallic frames of Apartment 61 are the architectural register,  latent witness in the history of this project.

apartamento-61-apartment-61-brazilian-architecture-arquitectura-brasilera-more-with-less-design-magazine-9This is why, the genesis of the project is, in turn, the starting point for this latest restoration. The metal frames, organize and structure the entire Expographic, and therefore the design of its furniture.
These frames, in addition to giving dynamism to the space, showing the angles in empty corners, also project a series of shadows that complement the interior design.
Apartment 61 reconstructs the historical inflection point in the life, art and modern architecture of Brazil. A capital that registers its apogee from the end of the Second World War and that the architects of MNMA have been able to enhance.
apartamento-61-apartment-61-brazilian-architecture-arquitectura-brasilera-more-with-less-design-magazine-12A project realized from a minimum intervention, a correct placement and design of the furniture. Apartment 61 takes into account, carefully its origin and its history and far from projecting an old image, it captures its essence and transforms it towards a contemporary minimalitic look, without losing the authenticity of its roots.
Photos by André Klotz