New Nouveau

A Lisbon-based architect practices "design without end"

Architect Tiago Patricio Rodrigues’ latest interior lies behind an Art Nouveau façade in downtown Lisbon. The small apartment makes up for its lack of square footage with an impressive collection of vintage furnishings that range in size, shape and style, bringing variety and lightness to the space. Here, Art Deco meets Bauhaus, Mid-Century meets Pueblo Revival. “I’m committed to design not as a closed project,” Rodrigues says of his approach, “but one of continuous creation, without a pronounced end.”

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Photograph by Marlene Oliveira. Courtesy of Tiago Patricio Rodrigues.

The living room is an artful tableau held together by its tight coordination of colors. Grey anchors the room’s palette, and yellow is used sporadically throughout as an accent. The subdued, modern tones pair nicely with the vintage teak and rosewood seen throughout. The contemporary couch is flanked by a Saarinen Side Table and nested set of mid-century stacking tables designed by Poul Kjærholm. A 1950s side board and a 1960s Danish coffee table complete the room.

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“Pieces from the history of design—such as Breuer’s Cesca Chair or Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Arm Chair—lend an aura of timelessness to a given space.”

—Tiago Patricio Rodrigues

Photograph by Marlene Oliveira. Courtesy of Tiago Patricio Rodrigues.

In the dining room, a vintage tubular chrome table with dark tinted glass is circled by Marcel Breuer’s Cesca Chairs, which Rodrigues brought together for their contrasting qualities. “Pieces from the history of design—such as Breuer’s Cesca Chair or Eero Saarinen’s Tulip Arm Chair—lend an aura of timelessness to a given space that pairs well with period pieces.”

Lisbon, Portugal by Tiago Patricio Rodrigues | Knoll Inspiration

Photograph by Marlene Oliveira. Courtesy of Tiago Patricio Rodrigues.

The bedroom is strongly influenced by the Art Deco style of the 1920s, although Saarinen’s Tulip Arm Chair makes a guest appearance—its modern, all-white appearance provides the perfect counterweight to the heavily patterned and paneled Deco décor. "I strive to create environments that breathe, so that a home’s stories and aesthetics complement one another, creating a suitable backdrop for daily life,” concludes Rodrigues.

Project Credits:

Design: Tiago Patricio Rodrigues
Photography: Marlene Oliveira

All photographs are by Marlene Oliveira and courtesy of Tiago Patricio Rodrigues.

 

Cesca Chair - Armless
Cesca Chair with Arms
Tulip Arm Chair
Tulip Armless Chair
Saarinen Side Table - 16" Round
Saarinen Side Table - 20” Round