Carlisle Design Studio

Carlisle Design Studio designed a luxury apartment overlooking the waterfront with stunning 180 views from Copacabana to Leblon including five bedroom suites, a cinema room, an open plan 20 meters wide, formal and informal lounges, dining room, kitchen, breakfast rooms and staff quarters.

CDS were commissioned for the full interior design of an apartment within a historically important Oscar Niemeyer building with unprecedented views directly onto Ipanema beach and the ocean in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Respecting the historic elements of the Niemeyer architecture, CDS created an appropriate yet bold, fluid and organic design solution that was inspired by the warmth of the rising and setting sun over the ocean, and the myriad of colors and light tones that are projected through the floor to ceiling glazing throughout the day and evening.


The client wanted to create an appropriate backdrop for not only the stunning natural beauty of the immediate surrounding area, but also one that allowed for multiple artworks curated on behalf of the client.

The key element is the 40-metres shimmering bespoke wall sculpture designed by CDS and artisan design company Seamless Industries. The sculpture catches the brilliant Rio De Janeiro sunshine, refracts and bounces the light through to the rear of the apartment. The sculpture, based on a crashing wave, was constructed from thousands of segments of perfectly formed pieces and finished in a bespoke polished liquid metal, with a specialist moiré effect, creating a surreal and ethereal effect that is unique to this property and interior.