Cloud Nine by Studio Gabriel Bordin

This tiny 40 sqm apartment located in Florianópolis, Brazil, has been designed in 2019 by Studio Gabriel Bordin.

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The space designed for the 2019 edition of CASACOR SC, can be defined as a “living bedroom”, the 40m² are a invitation to rest and coziness The name comes from the expression “to be on cloud nine” which is a state of contentment and fulfillment, Cloud Nine is the materialization of this state, translated into a contemporary setting, elementary.

The Cloud Bed was created by architect Gabriel Bordin for mattresses brand Reveev. Center of space, the piece differs from the national standards, purposely developed lower, as an accessible invitation to relaxation, in addition, creates a less massive volume in the composition, also works as a seat for the ‘living’ sector. The partnership also resulted in the unusual and large backlit panel made of encased coils- “the soul of the mattress” – wich its translucent and organic surface emphasizes the feeling of being floating in the sky. To be among the clouds.

As na imagery of the idea, we chose light colors, within the natural and grayscale tones. The Raw White Color by the brand Coral is predominant, becoming the main character of the palette, and a few elements in black create focal points. The bay window, parallel to the bed, frames the view and also becomes part of the furniture. With this paralleling, on one side the Jabuticaba tree and on the other side the Jean Gillon’s Jangada armchair, a small living room is created, suggesting that this room is also meant to receive.

Among the furniture are other designer pieces such as the Julieta chair, by Gustavo Bittencourt; the Caê table, by Fernando Mendes; and, yet another original creation by Gabriel, a folding screen made of sandblasted glass and white metalwork. Some of the artworks include creations by Sérgio Lucena, Ricardo Homem, Henrique Savas, and Sabrina Bordin Sirino. As a fine detail, poems by Yoko Ono can be seen at the bedside, where also lies the architect’s grandfather’s clock, featured in all his exhibits at the event. The white cabinet, designed to create a “flying” effect, is balanced by the large block of Carrara marble, which brings colors to the room like a mirror of the clouds.

“The space was designed to produce as little waste as possible through minimal construction interventions since all amenities are to be removed at the end of the show. The whole furniture is modular, designed and built to easily adapt to other future projects, reducing post-event leftovers”, he says. The encased coil wall has become a practical solution by avoiding the construction of a wall, which would last no longer than the 45 days of the exhibition. Moreover, around 75% of these springs can be reused. The architect also chose to leave the ceiling in its original form.

As for digital technology, Cloud Nine is, according to Gabriel, “a very analog space, to feel in the clouds. It’s peaceful, organic, natural, and, consequently, analog draws us closer to that”.

Photography courtesy of Studio Gabriel Bordin

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- by Matt Watts