Any true test of creativity can only take place within a restricted environment, and for Studio Guilherme Torres, the environment looked like wall and ceiling claddings, and a smaller-than-ideal space.

Such was the case with this 1,070sqft bachelor pad in São Paolo, Brazil, home to a young, jet-setting professional. 

“The owner is a young man who lives alone and travels a lot,” describes architect Guilherme Torres, founder of Studio Guilherme Torres. “He allowed for total aesthetic freedom and asked for a house that could comfortably welcome many friends, and that also had a more masculine and sophisticated vibe.”

The coffee tables, sofa, leather puff are from NOS Furniture. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)
The coffee tables, sofa, leather puff are from NOS Furniture. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)

The result is a warm mancave, replete with a terracotta motif represented mainly by the decorative gridwork element outfitting the living room, dining area, master bedroom, and even the study. The gridwork was incorporated out of necessity – an intelligent and stylised way of unifying the aforementioned claddings, and lending a sense of coherence to the various spaces of the home.  

The beautiful rope artwork is by São Paolo-based artist Janaina Mello Landini. On the side table, the Taccia table lamp from Flos. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)
The beautiful rope artwork is by São Paolo-based artist Janaina Mello Landini. On the side table, the Taccia table lamp from Flos. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)

The grids also conceal the home’s many gizmos and gadgets, including speakers, lighting and air-conditioning, and double as dividers for the kitchen, toilet, and staircase. The owner is reportedly a fan of all the appliances and smart features of the home. “It’s like his own cellphone-controlled playground,” says Guilherme.  

Above the Corian dining table-bar, the Aim suspension lamp by Flos. Wall portraits are by São Paolo photographer, Gabriel Wickbold. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)
Above the Corian dining table-bar, the Aim suspension lamp by Flos. Wall portraits are by São Paolo photographer, Gabriel Wickbold. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)

The abode is the combination of two apartment units, a duplex and a smaller, single-floor unit on the lower level. The main entrance is located in the lower-level unit, which leads to a spacious living room.

Among the subtle details of the home are the natural straw wallpaper and the black marble floor. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)
Among the subtle details of the home are the natural straw wallpaper and the black marble floor. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)

The original balcony was converted as part of the living area’s space, making room for a larger dining area, complete with a custom-designed Corian table that also functions as a bar.

The bed is from NOS Furniture. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)
The bed is from NOS Furniture. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)

Upstairs is the master bedroom with a walk-in closet and study facing the large windows. The unit’s original entrance door was also maintained, allowing the bedroom to function like a hotel suite of its own.  

A view from the study, situated in the walk-in closet upstairs. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)
A view from the study, situated in the walk-in closet upstairs. (Photo: Courtesy of Studio Guilherme Torres)

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Studio Guilherme Torres São Paolo Bachelor Pad

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