Monday’s Masterpiece – Brazilian charm

Happy Monday peeps, hope you’re ready for a serious fully-saturated colour sesh today – I thought we’d look at the work of the fantaaastic Brazilian designer Sig Bergamin (careful at work, there’s a Brazilian music soundtrack on his website!).
Elle Décor have just featured his beach house in Bahia, Brazil but I first stumbled across him when they covered the crazy colourful décor of his Manhattan apartment last autumn.  Let’s take a look at his NYC pied-à-terre first…
I love the huge mix of florals, ikats, dhurries and velvets, all underscored by the geometric blue and white rug.  Somehow he manages to mix all these together with Indian, Syrian and Chinese furnishings, and makes the space feel collected and chic, rather than a totally manic dog’s dinner.  And the nod to his Brazilian heritage in the pieces of artwork displayed is pretty cool too.

His beach house in Brazil seems to follow the same idea, but on a much larger scale!  He’s kept the ‘canvas’ very neutral with white floors and walls, but has incorporated the most extensive range of styles, colours, patterns, international sources and periods I have ever seen.  White leather Barcelona stools paired with African chairs and a suzani-upholstered sofa?!  Seriously?!  I think the term ‘eclectic’ does not suffice.
Feast your eyes on this masterpiece:

I’m really loving the outdoors spaces – clean nautical stripes but the exotic details add depth.  The striped fabric is one of his.

These bathrooms are pretty friggin’ gorgeous too – the antique mirror, wicker accents and Brazilian hardwood washstand are making me giddy.

And these guest bedrooms are just BANANAS!

African quilts, Balinese sarongs and ikat fabrics adorn this incredible antique opium bed from Bali – now where do you think I can get my hands on one of them…?

Wowsers, I’m feeling a little emotionally drained after all that intensity.  Blimey!
Ok, and here are a few images from his portfolio that are equally show-stopping:

Woah!!!  I actually think this is too much – get rid of all those vases and subsitute some neutral curtains though and you’ve got one fab room:


  1. annie says:

    I completely love all of this! It’s all so cheery and happy and a riot of colour. You’re going to find the Mediterranean villa project a doodle with all this fab island inspiration!

    • Elly Hails says:

      I don’t think I have a Mediterranean villa project! Which version of the course are you doing?? That sucks – sounds like the kind of place I was born to design, I love all things Mediterranean!

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