CIAA - Icaraí Apartment

Icaraí Apartment in Niterói by CIAA

To answer the question why we love our jobs, we’d probably say it’s because of this: if you think of your apartment as your little world, we have a chance to literally make the world a better place for our clients.

Not just prettier, but better. Interior design combines aesthetics with functionality and treats them as equals. However, when it comes to private apartments, where a budget is also an issue, we seem to love functionality a tiny bit more. But to design space that serves its owners the best way possible is not the easiest thing to do. You see, we know what is beautiful and we could write about thousands of beautiful interiors, without really knowing if they’re functional.

At the beginning of a designing process, we ask our clients about their everyday life. Do they cook or eat outside? Do they often entertain? Do they work from home? Do they have a lot of stuff? Do they enjoy long bubble baths? Are they early birds or night owls? This is where functionality comes from.

Don’t worry if you’re not really sure what are we talking about – we found the perfect apartment to show you what we mean.Read More »

i.s.m.architecten - LVDV

4 things you didn’t know about hiring an architect

Good afternoon.
I want to renovate my apartment. I’m sending you a layout that I drew to show you what I want to do. I am open to your suggestions, but please be aware of the fact I want my apartment to be simple and functional.

Best regards,
– client.

Do you see the problem with this e-mail that was sent to our incredibly talented friend a few weeks ago? There’s this client who thought he had to “draw a layout” by himself before contacting her because he thinks that’s the only way to make sure that his apartment will be functional and simple.

People seem to think that working with architects is quite different then what we like to believe it is, so we decided to share few crucial things you might not know about hiring an architect.Read More »

2016 roundup | upgradesign

The 2016 roundup

Since 2017th is rapidly approaching like it has nothing better to do, we can’t help but reflect on the past year – half a year to be precise. Starting this blog was an incredible thing to do, and to be honest, we didn’t believe we’d be able to dedicate so much time and energy to writing and designing and searching for amazing interiors we share here with you.

It didn’t take a long time from making a decision to actually creating a blog. We didn’t know much about blogging back then, not sure if we now much more now, but we decided to wing it and learn along the way.

Christmas holidays are already so stressful and with new year’s eve coming (and for us this year that also means one important wedding day) we decided to take it slow and take a look back at our past posts.Read More »

Color in an interior - part II: Adam Wiercinski Architekt / MIEL Arquitectos / NimTim architects

Colors in an interior – part II

While searching for amazingly designed colorful apartments (and you wouldn’t believe how many of them are out there) we started to wonder: is monochrome trend really just a line of least resistance? Almost a foolproof method for good apartment design?

It may be so, but we believe that before monochrome became a thing – and we’re not talking about all black and white, we’re talking about white and warm shades of grey combined with natural finish materials – everyone was going nuts painting their walls peach*, that such drastic move needed to be done.Read More »

Christmas chocolate crinkles: Christmas special | upgradesign

Chocolate crinkles

We LOVE chocolate so, of course, we love all kinds of chocolate cakes and cookies. After our favorite brownie recipe, we decided to share with you one of our all-time Christmas favorite – chocolate crinkles.
It is the week before Christmas and we bet most of you are spending all your spare time in the kitchen baking. If these cookies are not already on your list we suggest putting them in. 🙂Read More »

Color in an interior: AKTA studio // Lim+Lu

Colors in an interior

Our college professor once told: ”I suggested my client to paint her walls gray. She said purple was her favorite color. So I suggested her to buy a purple scarf.”

One of the most common comments we receive when we say “I’m an architect.” is something like: “Oh, I would really love if you’d tell me how to paint my walls, I’m terrible at choosing colors!” Well, it is hard to choose a right color for your interior since there is no such thing as the right color.

Colors are something that should be on your mind from the beginning of the design process. Every material and piece of furniture should be chosen in relation to those colors. Simply put, the color of the walls (or floors) is not the same thing as curtains or carpets, it’s not an accessory. Color has almost the same role as interior lighting  – it even affects interior lighting.Read More »

2017 calendar | upgradesign

2017 free printable calendar

So, today we’re not going to make you spend more money on cute gifts or spend your well deserved free time on DIY cards. Relax, make some hot chocolate, get cozy and let your printer do all the work.

It’s nearly mid-December and we think this is the best time to start preparing for the next year. For us, the most important New Year’s resolution is to be more organized. As architects, we have that area covered, but as bloggers – not so much. So, instead of doing work, we did something to help us plan to do the work. That’s productive, right? Read More »