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An architect's apartment in Madrid

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In Madrid, the Spanish architect Paloma Cañizares has decorated his apartment with great taste, love and poetry. Colors, lights and materials intertwine in this interior to give an artistic result of high flight. Enter this place in pictures ...

In the apartment of the Spanish architect and designer Paloma Cañizares, contemporary furniture meets the old, designer pieces his own creations as his memories of travel. All inspires her: she even went so far as to paint the walls with poetic and remarkable frescoes of her interior.

Architect of formation, the Chilean painter Roberto Matta had given of his art a pretty definition: "The painting has a foot in the architecture, the other in the dream." Like him, Paloma Cañizares is both a painter and an architect.

With one foot in reality, the other in the dream. Her bright Madrid apartment, which she has furnished, painted and decorated, is a beautiful illustration of her work and philosophy of life. Architects are usually interested in volumes and the organization of space.

At home, Paloma did not have to worry about all this: she lives in the center of the Spanish capital a big old apartment where she touched neither the distribution nor the allocation of the rooms. No more than moldings, doors, ceilings or paneling. She has preserved the case and has deposited a jewel, his work.

In the vast reception rooms and bedrooms, the decoration is eclectic and up-to-date. A trip, an exhibition, a book, a movie ... everything inspires Paloma. So why restrict yourself to one or two materials, one or two brands of furniture or a particular style?

With her, one learns to mix furniture Ikea or Leroy Merlin with furniture of designers, objects of artists. The softest tones, close to nature, are enhanced with bright hues that give nerve to the whole. Last little wonders: the frescoes she painted on the walls.

Decoration of the apartment: a project of life

The idea: to decorate the classic apartment where she lives, the owner has drawn from multiple sources: his travels, his readings and his own work as a painter ...

Location: in the heart of Madrid. Area: 250 m2.

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In the lounge, leather armchairs picked up during a stay in Hendaye. - On the side table, Leroy Merlin, objects brought back from various trips to Berlin and Namibia. - Cut glass bottle from Tomas Kral. - Above the Habitat sofa, a work by the owner, Paloma Cañizares.

- Cushion in aubergine velvet and cushion braided and hand dyed by Nilia Bañares. - Suspended ceiling ball signed by American artist Russell Crotty. - On the ground, braided and hand dyed mat in Andalusia. - Carved wooden dog of Iván Cantos.

- Wooden base made to measure and dyed. - Posed on from left to right: San Francisco poster, postcard with Yves Saint Laurent drawing, portrait of Paloma Cañizares by Iván Cantos and photo by José Javier Serrano. - Front, stool bought in a plant shop.

A classic apartment that has become unusual, poetic and artistic!

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The office-library opens directly on the living room. - Cube "Prensa" in red lacquered iron, design Benavides y Camino. - On the left, secretary drawn by Helmut Magg. - Above the door, artwork by Anthony Caro.

- In the living room, two chairs by Friso Kramer surround the pedestal table "Prismatic Table" Isamu Noguchi.

A dining room full of poetry in this artist's apartment

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In the dining room, the fresco with trees was painted by the hostess.

- On the table also signed Paloma Cañizares, cut and sculpture of the artist Rosalía Banet. - Chairs "Ant" by Arne Jacobsen (1952). - Chandelier "Cloud" by Frank Gehry (2005). - From left to right, on the buffet designed by Paloma Cañizares, works by Georgia Russell, Pier Stockholm, Raúl Illarramendi, and sculpture by Iván Cantos. - On the ground, plaited braided and hand-dyed mat in Andalusia.

An apartment decorated with fantasy and talent!

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- In Carmen's room, sofa bed of Paloma Cañizares and side table in Madrid. - On the "Plug Side Table" pedestal table, Tomas Kral design, ECAL, PCM edition, hand woven Japanese basket and Japanese hammered brass pot, Sfera. - Stool with skylight. - Wall painted by hand by Paloma Cañizares. - Portrait of late nineteenth century woman.

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The kitchen is decorated with earthenware designed by Paloma Cañizares and created by artisans from Talavera de la Reina (Spain). - Friso Kramer Chairs, rolling table by Mathieu Matégot. The kitchen furniture was also designed by Paloma Cañizares (Moretti realization).

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In the lobby, a drawing by Paloma is next to the poster of a text by Marcel Proust calligraphy by illustrator and author Maira Kalman.

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View of the office from the dining room. Ikea bench, table and floor lamp. On the wall, painting by Rosalía Banet.

Travel memories anchored in the decor of this apartment

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In his room, Paloma has installed a piece of furniture of his creation made using frames of paintings placed upside down. - Top, "Terracotta" lamp, Tomas Kral design, PCM edition; pictures of Fernando Herencia. - On the wall, drawing of the mistress of the place. - The bed, whose frame is walnut, probably dates from the first half of the twentieth century. He was studied in Barcelona.

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- On the round table mottled in Madrid, lamp "Tolomeo" by Michele De Lucchi and globe reported from a trip to Japan. - On the bamboo table, work on Iván Cantos paper and Habitat lamp. Berlin chandelier and linen curtains.

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- In the bathroom, Roca bathtub. - Above, Paloma hung drawings from geometry books she bought at an auction (author unknown). - In the reflection of the mirror, table hung in Madrid, black stool "Array" by Tomas Kral, PCM edition. - The poster, found in a flea market, was "chosen for its colors".

The plan of the apartment

Paloma did not transform his apartment by knocking down walls, but by decorating it. To do this, she multiplied the games of contrast and dared the frescoes.

1. Entry. 2. Living room. 3. Office-library. 4. Dining room. 5. Carmen's room. 6. Parents' room. 7, 8, 9. Bathrooms and toilets. 10. Kitchen. 11. Dressing.

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3 questions to the apartment owner

What is the most important thing when decorating an apartment?

Paloma Cañizares: All in all. Colors, materials and lights bring space to life, become references and determine our emotions. The essential is undoubtedly to highlight all these data, to fertilize everything that opposes them, so that the confrontation is fruitful.

Did an architect or a designer particularly influence you?

Paloma Cañizares: My references are creativity, inventiveness. What interests me is my time and the way creators bring innovative, surprising answers to current questions. To be in harmony with one's time requires a long apprenticeship. This is one of the goals of my work.

Do you have favorite materials?

Paloma Cañizares: No, no more in architecture than in design I have no preference. Each material has its properties, its merits, its advantages. Each, depending on their context, can give birth to a project or an object.

Paloma Cañizares, architect, Calle del Aguila 10, 28005 Madrid. [email protected] and palomacanizares.comDesign editor: PCM, pcmdesign.es. Company involved in the project: Moretti, cocinasmoretti.com

Paloma Cañizares.

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