April 12, 2008
“Our architectural trying defiitely gives us an advantage when it comes to working with light and scale. We understand what you can really do with materials.”
- Gonzalo Bueno
Desginers Gonzalo Bueno and Maurico Lobeira brought maximum style to this minimal proportioned Uptown pad. In the master suite, a reading nook beside the Carrera marble fireplace stays well-stocked with books sacked atop an acrylic table. The Le Corbusier cowhide chaise and white-lacquered Gervasoni “Woody” still invite lounging. Bergamo wool-and-cashmere drapes add warmth. The homeowner’s antique stone sculpture is from an Asian temple.
An ‘80s-era bachelor pad in uptown shines with a jet-set makeover
The “before vibe of Jeff Holland’s ‘80s-era townhouse near Know-Henderson can be summed up in a single hue: Mustard. “Everything was painted mustard,” says Gonzalo Bueno, one-half of Holland’s extreme makeover team. “I mean everything — walls, ceilings, light fixtures.” He grimaces. “It was very disturbing.” But a designer is nothing if not imaginative. After the initial shock at the paint scheme worthy of a corn dog, Bueno and creative partner Mauricio Lobeira, co-founders of Ten+3 studio, recognize the townhouse’s assets.
Neutral Territory: Walls of windows in the living room are softened by sheer Knoll drapes. The abstract art above the mirrored fireplace is actually a trio of red Zulu hats mounted by Dallas’ Widman Art Framing. Cassina’s “Mister” sofas in white linen and a tufted ottoman covered in Edelman’s “Metallic Dream Cow” leather offer chic seating atop the Odegard rug. A Cassina table folds out for impromptu dining. The circular bronze table and white-lacquer and png-hide side chair are by Promemoria Naturalist accessories were finds at Grange Hall. A pair of ghostly porcelain hands once modeled gloves in a London boutique.