Photoshoot at São Mamede House

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Our autumn 2018 photoshoot took place in the old district of Lisbon at São Mamede House. Portuguese architects Manuel Aires Mateus and Sofia Pinto Basto transformed the ground and basement levels of this ageing 18th century residential building, modernising with sensitivity for the building’s past. Walls and ceilings were painted white to highlight historic elements including flooring, pilasters and arches made of stone. The original layout, a series of rooms without corridors, allowed for the creation of larger open spaces that flow into one another. A two-storey extension was added at the rear, a simple white box with large windows overlooking the communal garden, creating a visual dialogue with the cityscape and Tagus river beyond. An underground cistern, which the team discovered during renovations, was transformed into a living space illuminated by natural light spilling down through an aperture above. The design harmoniously combines original features with modern interventions, invites movement throughout the spaces, harnesses natural light, establishes a relationship with the outdoors, and utilises solid, honest materials.

Photo credit: Yuki Sugiura

WITH THANKS TO

Kckliko, Flowers and branches
Anna Westerlund, Vases
Lobmeyr, Glassware
Michael Ruh, Glassware
Colin Saunders from CAA gallery, Porcelain dish
Volga Linen, Bedlinen
Oyuna, Throws
Vitra, Noguchi Akari lamp
Kasthall, Rugs

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Gates Sofa by Jason Miller and Sidekicks Height Adjustable Table by Studioilse

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Hepburn Modular Sofa by Matthew Hilton shown as two corner units with Commune Coffee Table by Neri&Hu

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Frame Bed with Arms and Handle Side Table