Light and layout are two key elements of any well-designed apartment. When the owner of this flat in São Paulo bought the space, it was a poorly considered alcove studio with the kitchen hidden behind a partial wall. But working with local architects at Vão, the apartment has been transformed into a clean-lined and practical one-bedroom.
The largest change in the renovation was moving the kitchen from its nook at the back of the apartment into the living room. This freed up the rear space for a bedroom, created by extending the partial wall. The bedroom walls do not reach the ceiling, providing a loft storage space accessible by an iron ladder.
Other black iron elements contrast with the space’s bright white walls—a high black shelf for books, and a lower floating media console that also contains the owner’s record collection. A partially exposed brick wall and large triangular wooden beam add character.
The kitchen features a concrete-and-wood counter cabinet, small stove, and fridge—with open shelving for essentials like coffee and tea. A set of white cabinets hovers above the countertop.
The most compelling storage idea here may be the concealed cabinetry at one end of the bedroom wall: Different sized wooden doors open up to a series of cubbies, while a singular doorless recess becomes a display space.