Flattered Apartments Porto - City-facing

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In partnership with Flattered Apartments, De La Espada created a rentable holiday home in Porto’s Foz do Douro neighbourhood right next to the sea. The Flattered founders, Miguel Mateus, Catarina Silva, and Catarina Alves, worked with architect José Carlos Cruz to design the interior architecture, reflecting an empathy for locale and the building’s past: local materials and original features serve as the framework for a space that is contemporary yet rooted in history. Flooring is made from wide boards of local pine heated from below, windows overlooking the city are framed by original granite, and the washroom is clad in Carrara marble with beautiful sky views through the large window.

The split-level apartment includes a dining room on a raised platform, a living room with a hidden pullout bed, and on a mezzanine level, a private bedroom with a pitched roof and skylight. Furniture made just an hour’s drive away at the De La Espada factory in Mira features throughout: Capo Dining Chair, Shaker Round Table, and Lianou Stool by Neri&Hu; Stool, Bench, Companions Writing Desk, and Companions Bed by Studioilse; Mira Lounge Chair, I-Beam Side Table, and Coniston Rectangular Mirror by Matthew Hilton; Ladder Bookcase by Autoban; and Stanley 3-Seater Sofa, Kim Bench, and Kim Side Table by Luca Nichetto. The home harnesses the thoughtful hospitality of Flattered and combines it with exclusively De La Espada furniture and styling.

Photo credit: Carlos Teixeira

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For his Nichetto collection for De La Espada, Luca Nichetto has been reimagining the design language of 1950s American furniture. Kim, a family of nested items including two tables and a bench, is a case in point. Available as a set or as stand alone pieces, the three items in the Kim family share common materials, while each having their own distinct form. Simple but with a strong sense of character, Kim’s finished wooden surfaces straddle the boundaries between the natural and the manmade. Designed by Luca Nichetto and manufactured by De La Espada for the Nichetto brand.

For his Nichetto collection for De La Espada, Luca Nichetto has been reimagining the design language of 1950s American furniture. Kim, a family of nested items including two tables and a bench, is a case in point. Available as a set or as stand alone pieces, the three items in the Kim family share common materials, while each having their own distinct form. Simple but with a strong sense of character, Kim’s finished wooden surfaces straddle the boundaries between the natural and the manmade. Designed by Luca Nichetto and manufactured by De La Espada for the Nichetto brand.

The Capo series was initially designed for the Italian restaurant Capo in Shanghai, where the interior design concept was based on a basilica and possessed an old world charm of masonry enclosure appointed with handsomely crafted detailing. The chair series also takes on those qualities of heritage, where the simple and modern form is enriched with tailoring details that evoke old-world sensibilities.

The Capo is a well-balanced equilibrium between sophistication and utility, between classic and contemporary aesthetic.

Shaker is a dining table inspired by the simple, honest and utilitarian approach of the movement after which it is named. A round tabletop in solid wood or white Carrara marble rests upon a timber leg frame that recalls that of a refectory table. Designed by neri&hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the neri&hu brand.

The exposed solid wood frame is the elegant focal point of Stanley sofa, where the expert woodwork is revealed in the details of the joinery. The taut upholstery of the backrest provides a crisp appearance, while the deep back cushions with generously folded upholstery portray the exceptional comfort the sofa offers. Designed by Luca Nichetto and manufactured by De La Espada for the Nichetto brand.

This side table transforms an industrial shape with the warmth of solid wood. Designed by Matthew Hilton for his eponymous brand, and manufactured by De La Espada craftsmen.

Coniston mirror is named after Coniston Water in England's Lake District, the timber frame recalling the land that encircles the lake. This understated solid wood mirror has beautiful detailing, from the innovative joinery and pared down form, to the carefully considered hanging mechanism which allows the mirror to rest evenly against the wall. The mirror can be hung horizontally or vertically - there is no top or bottom, allowing the user to choose their preferred orientation according to the unique wood grain on every piece. Designed by Matthew Hilton for his eponymous brand, and manufactured by De La Espada craftsmen.

Ladder Bookcase offers generous storage with a relatively small footprint. Steps of varied depth meet the wall when placed at an angle. This statement piece is highly functional, and suitable for a variety of environments. Designed by Autoban and manufactured by De La Espada for the Autoban brand.

Part of Studioilse's Seating for Eating collective, Stool is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Furniture that you can sit on together, but that still leaves room for the individual. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

Part of Studioilse's Seating for Eating collective, Stool with a leather seat is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Furniture that you can sit on together, but that still leaves room for the individual. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

Part of Studioilse's Seating for Eating collective, Bench is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Optional brown or black leather pad softens the seating area. Furniture that you can sit on together, but that still leaves room for the individual. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

The Companions family of furniture is designed to support daily life. Companions Writing Desk is a slim solid wood desk with a cork bowl for wires and plugs, and a top that can close to hide away papers and laptops. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

The Companions family of furniture is designed to support daily life. Companions Bed, made from solid wood, is reassuringly familiar but carefully detailed. Designed by Studioilse and manufactured by De La Espada for the Studioilse brand.

Mira is a visually light, modern transformation of the traditional bergere chair. Designed by Matthew Hilton for his eponymous brand, and manufactured by De La Espada craftsmen.

Lianou Stool is an abstracted representation of an auspicious symbol commonly found in Chinese domestic spaces: lotus root (lian ou), extracted from typical portrayals and adjusted in scale. Sized for versatility, Lianou can also be used as an occasional or end table. Designed by neri&hu and manufactured by De La Espada for the neri&hu brand.