Step into a chic and laid-back weekend home just outside of São Paulo, Brazil

Set in the lush, green countryside near São Paulo, the villa’s windows open wide. On the terrace, the living room, the large dining table and the outdoor kitchen reflect the comfort of the interior of the house.

For an active family, architect Marilia Pellegrini designed a home to accommodate the busy vacation schedules of children, friends, and relatives, who stop, stay, and fill the home with joyful bustle. (The villa, located in a residential development in the city of Porto Feliz, São Paulo, serves as a country home for its owners, a couple based in Rio de Janeiro.) In the process, Pellegrini redesigned almost every element of the original house. -only its basic structure has survived.

In total, the property includes a living room, kitchen, laundry room, swimming pool and a studio for the house staff. (And not to mention, five bedrooms.) The large living room opens onto an equally spacious terrace with a large outdoor dining area and an outdoor kitchen and barbecue. Inside, the room is divided into several different spaces: There is a living area, a bar, a TV corner, as well as intimate and long dining tables that can accommodate up to ten guests. The dining room opens onto an adjoining kitchen which can be concealed, partially or totally, behind sliding wood and tucum fiber panels. It is one of the few partitions in this huge space with multiple functions. After all, in this weekend home, residents choose to live surrounded by family and friends.

The materials used and their raw treatment: fossilized wood on a wall, basalt stone for the floors, Corten steel and pequi wooden planks as a wall covering – bring the family closer to nature. The fossilized wood has been assembled without joints, while the pequi boards show their irregular shapes. (Elsewhere, the basalt stone slabs are joined together with very thin joints, giving the illusion of a single floor.) Also of note is the staircase, which leads to the upper floor and was built in oak. This same type of material extends to the parquet and the woodwork of the rooms. The console bar, carved from a thick piece of solid pequi, has an irregular free edge.

Renowned Brazilian designers are well represented inside the city. Think of Claudia Moreira Salles and Jean Gillon, with her Jangada armchair and ottoman from 1968. While the furniture alternates between classic pieces by great designers and contemporary pieces, works by artists such as Antonio Bandeira, Maria Polo or José Bechara punctuate the space. Vanderlei Lopes’ sculpture in the hallway consists of two “flows” of polished brass, which work to create the look of liquid gold. They serve as a reminder that in this relaxing home, everything and everyone can co-exist, be it friends and family, or design elements from the past or present.

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