The quest for simplicity is one of the main guidelines of the modern world. In all areas of life, eliminating excesses and accumulating fewer things has been the choice of many people. Fewer clothes bought, less garbage produced, less books accumulated, less wasted food … And this is also reflected in architecture and decoration, with smaller residential and professional spaces, smart designs, multifunctional objects, versatile furniture and minimalist style.
The tendency to reduce spaces is so strong that the tiny house movement was born in the United States (tiny house movement, in free translation). That is, people are increasingly giving up their spacious, roomy houses to accommodate in small places. But small even, with less than 50sqm – sometimes up to less than 20sqm.
Those who make this change take into account many factors to make the decision: the low monthly costs for house maintenance, practicality in routine, sustainability (fewer resources and materials involved to build and maintain, less garbage produced, among others) and the lifestyle that, of course, becomes simpler. More than a place to live, the movement delivers a philosophy of living.
Of course, this is not a style for anyone to follow. As many adepts as you conquer each day, there are still few who can give up their possessions and belongings to accommodate themselves in such a small space. And especially speaking about Brazil, where the movement is still not well known and has few supporters, these houses, although small, have a very high cost.
With or without a philosophy behind, the fact is that there is no denying that the reduced spaces are increasingly conquering the market. One bedroom apartments, lofts, studios, kitchenettes … Many are the styles and names, but all have in common the reduction of the footage. In general, those seeking this property profile are people who live alone or young couples without children.
When it comes to occupying these environments, the challenge for those who will decorate and design is to be able to enjoy the few square meters in the best possible way to reconcile practicality and well-being.
Magic in 12sqm
What made us stop to think about all this was an impeccable space that we found in the last edition of CasaCor São Paulo, an event of decoration and architecture that happens annually in different cities of Brazil. Amongst so many projects, all of them full of creativity, good taste and excellent solutions, the architects Julio Dantès and Camila Szuminski called us the attention. The duo had in their hands only 12m² – the smallest environment of the show! And they combined creativity with a sensitive and accurate look to intelligently, inspiring space to create a room that was both welcoming and functional.
The chosen starting point was culture, with the intention of arousing interest in the theme of the people who passed by. Therefore, they not only dedicated themselves to the decoration project, but also did a thorough and careful work of art curation. They brought together a selection of new artists, original pieces and varied references that fit together and complement each other, transforming space into a place full of personality and comfort. “I like to mix and give people a chance. In this space we brought everything that was new and artists who needed to be welcomed, “says Julio with a generosity in the look and the creation.
Among the artists chosen were the photographer Flavio Boaventura, with the photograph “Joia do Nilo” featured in the room, and the sculptor Hermes Santos.
Hermes is a Paulistano known for his imagination without limits. To produce his pieces, he goes through a curious and authentic creative process that combines his sharp look and various researches allied to the latest generation of computers, articulated robots, 3D printers and various software for robotic creation. All these elements enter into its creation and result in beautiful works. And it has everything. From small, that fit in internal environments like the one found in the project of Julio and Camila, to one of the most magnificent Technological Parks of the manufacture Additive and 3D Printing in Alphaville, in São Paulo.
Thus, each corner was filled with varied choices, artistic mixes, looks and sensations that complement each other to fill the eyes of beauty and awaken the feelings of those who arrive.
But we must not forget that all this was accommodated in a 12m² environment. Therefore, it was essential to conduct the project in an intelligent way, with care for optimum utilization, optimization and functionality of the space.
Practicality and versatility in the mobile esolhas were also slogans. The bookcase that goes in the room, for example, could be in the kitchen or in the bedroom.
A very Brazilian project, a global trend and a series of ideas that coexist in a harmonious and attractive way.
CasaCor is a show of interior design, decoration, architecture and art that takes place annually in the Jockey Club of São Paulo, in other states of the country (Rio Grande do Sul, Minas Gerais, Paraná, among others) and even outside Brazil, like Miami, Paraguay and Peru. In the event, established professionals and new names sign projects in different environments, from homes and lofts to lounges and studios, to living rooms and television, bathrooms, kitchens and any other spaces that may be in a house. Everything always full of inspiration, thought with intelligence and references of the most current with the intention of presenting trends and news from the world of interior design and architecture to the general public.
Big names that are now national references have been revealed in the event in previous editions such as João Armentano, Roberto Migotto, Sig Bergamin, Léo Shehtman, among others.
This year, CasaCor completed 32 years with 82 rooms decorated with the theme “The Living House.” The idea was to value the contact with nature and the relationships with the people around, with the animals, with the world.