Ur­ban Re­vival


Singapore Tatler Homes - - OCT/NOV 2018 -

A play­ful mix of vi­brant colour and raw tex­tures en­liven the in­te­ri­ors of an in­dus­tri­al­style apart­ment

Look­ing at the colour­ful, light-filled in­te­ri­ors of this apart­ment in Barcelona, it’s hard to imag­ine it in its pre­vi­ous state as an old, run-down of­fice that has seen much bet­ter days. Lo­cated in the Eix­am­ple district, the apart­ment fea­tures a large ter­race area as well as tra­di­tional brick vault­ing and other his­toric de­tails that could be re­stored to give it a sense of place. “When de­sign­ing this apart­ment, I took in­spi­ra­tion from the ex­ist­ing pati­nas, with the aim of restor­ing its dis­tinc­tive yes­ter­year charm,” says Jaime Beri­es­tain, who saw to the apart­ment’s re­design. The Chilean­born, Barcelona-based in­te­rior de­signer and his epony­mous firm thus started anew to trans­form the once unloved space into a stylish sanc­tu­ary for the home­owner.


With the ex­ist­ing brick­work lay­ing the ground­work for the de­sign con­cept, Beri­es­tain sought to re­store the apart­ment while pay­ing trib­ute to its past. Time­worn de­tails were re­tained where pos­si­ble, such as the vaulted ceil­ing and the brick walls, some of which were painted over to re­flect the home’s con­tem­po­rary new look. Other walls that had to be re­done fea­ture recre­ations of such bur­nished tex­tures. For ex­am­ple, the din­ing area is set with a coal-like hue of an­thracite in three dif­fer­ent shades of grey ap­plied hor­i­zon­tally across the walls. The ex­ist­ing pati­nas have also in­flu­enced the colour schemes of the be­d­rooms and other spa­ces within the apart­ment, with fur­ni­ture and art­works then se­lected to fit the hues. The prom­i­nent use of cop­per, corten steel (a me­tal al­loy with an in­ten­tion­ally

ox­i­dised look), fil­a­ment bulbs, raw con­crete and ex­posed pip­ing add to the home’s rugged, in­dus­trial-style aes­thetic, com­ple­mented by a tac­tile mix of ma­te­ri­als and art­works that give its in­te­rior a more homely ap­peal. To op­ti­mise the spa­cious out­door area of the apart­ment, Beri­es­tain chose to de­sign the sit­ting area by the ter­race in the style of a green­house—it fea­tures a glass roof and french doors that fill the space with abun­dant day­light. The rus­tic wooden ta­bles, next to the con­crete lamp from Dan­ish brand Menu and a sleek floor lamp, show the stud­ied mix of old with the new. The gen­er­ously-sized ter­race fea­tures a lac­quered iron gazebo, as well as out­door so­fas and pot­ted plants.


While each space within the apart­ment has its own colour scheme, the con­sis­tent ma­te­rial pal­ette keeps the over­all look co­he­sive. As the so­cial hub of the home, the liv­ing area fea­tures a spec­trum of rosy hues. De­signed by Beri­es­tain, the sofa in this com­mon area is up­hol­stered in the Colombo Coral fab­ric that he had cre­ated for Span­ish tex­tile com­pany Grupo La­madrid, along­side match­ing fab­rics for the cush­ions and arm­chairs; a rug with a graphic print ties the look to­gether. The bed­room on the other hand, is pep­pered with ac­cents of blue which fill the monochro­matic space with a serene qual­ity. In con­trast to the lighter neu­tral shades in the be­d­rooms and com­mon ar­eas, Beri­es­tain makes a bold state­ment at spa­ces such as the kitchen with the darker pal­ette. Si­t­u­ated by the en­trance of the home, the win­dow­less space re­ceives very lit­tle day­light. “I tried to turn this weak­ness into a strength—i gave the dark space a more cosy, warm touch with spe­cial light­ing and smoky shades,” ex­plains Beri­es­tain. Set against black brick walls, the culi­nary space is dec­o­rated with a hand­some mix of black gran­ite coun­ter­tops, dark wood cab­i­netry and vin­tage fur­ni­ture pieces such as the bar stools and the pen­dant lights.

“When de­sign­ing this apart­ment, I took my in­spi­ra­tion from the ex­ist­ing pati­nas, with aim of restor­ing its dis­tinc­tive yes­ter­year charm”


With a col­lec­tor’s eye for art and de­sign, Beri­es­tain is fond of bring­ing to­gether iconic pieces with vin­tage finds, be­spoke fur­ni­ture and a care­ful cu­ra­tion of art­works, to make each space uniquely its own. Vin­tage pieces such as the Sput­nik chan­de­lier that Beri­es­tain has re­stored for the mas­ter bed­room, floats above the brand new clay ta­ble lamps he de­signed; in the liv­ing area, an en­grav­ing by Pablo Pi­casso for ex­am­ple, is placed next to an oil paint­ing by New York-based artist Bosco Sodi and Beri­es­tain’s cus­tom-made fur­ni­ture; while in the bath­room, an­tique wash­basins stand next to an ar­ray of paint­ings by Chilean con­tem­po­rary artist Fer­nando Prats. “Art is of key im­por­tance to this apart­ment, giv­ing it rhythm and en­ergy,” shares Beri­es­tain. “The moder­nity of the works of art co­ex­ists in per­fect har­mony with the apart­ment’s his­tory and the works’ dy­namism helps ac­cen­tu­ate the dif­fer­ent his­tor­i­cal de­tails.” Sur­vey­ing the com­pleted look, Beri­es­tain is cer­tainly pleased with the fi­nal re­sult: “Ev­ery­thing comes to­gether nat­u­rally to form a co­he­sive whole.”

De­signed in the style of a green house, this lounge area max­imises the day­light and the spa­cious out­door ter­race

THIS PAGE The gen­er­ously­sized ter­race fea­tures a lac­quered iron gazebo, as well as out­door so­fas and pot­ted plants; in­te­rior de­signer Jaime Beri­es­tain OP­PO­SITE PAGE The bold brush strokes of the paint­ing by Yago Hor­tal en­livens the monochro­matic din­ing area

LEFT TO RIGHT The rosy pal­ette of the liv­ing area is re­flected on the cus­tom-made fur­ni­ture and rug as well as the paint­ing by Bosco Sodi; a geo­met­ric art­work by José Pe­dro Croft floats above the ter­razzo ta­ble; the kitchen is a hand­some mix of leather, brushed me­tal and smoky shades

THIS PAGE A paint­ing by Amer­i­can artist Peter Hal­ley adds a pop of colour to the wall; a vin­tage side­board at the mas­ter bed­room; key pieces in the bath­room in­clude the an­tique wash­basins and the cop­per bath­tub

OP­PO­SITE PAGE Navy shades con­trib­ute to the bed­room’s serene mood

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