For a young newlywed couple living in Mexico City, the perfect apartment renovation meant maximizing comfort and regional flavor — in a limited amount of space.
"We focused on using resources in the best way possible. We had to take advantage of every corner," Cristina Grappin said, who's half of Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, the award-winning architectural firm tapped for the project.
To make the most of the space, the team built a sliding wall between the dining and living spaces, which can be opened up for entertaining or closed for privacy. Custom-designed shelves and furnishings also save space — and keep the budget in check. And to capture the art-driven culture of the city, they sourced additional furniture and accessories from established Mexican designers and independent local brands.
Above all, Grappin said, comfort was key. "The clients wanted an apartment where they could rest and relax," she said, "and not worry about damaging the furniture."
The table, made from Mexican parota wood, brings a regional element to the design. It is surrounded by stools from Atelier Central, a local home goods store. Framed art by Omar Torres hangs opposite the movable wall.
Entertaining comfortably, a high priority for the young newlyweds, gave rise to the movable wall. "We wanted to give the clients an easy solution to divide the private and social area," Grappin said.
A sofa by Atelier Central is equal parts comfort and style. Custom-designed, full-length windows provide an abundance of natural light.
The ceiling paint by Comex, along with stone floors, reflect natural light. A series of small, round tables from Atelier Central gives the room more flexibility.
A large couch is the centerpiece for a den. Hanging track lights by David Pompa create visual borders for the design.
Custom-built shelves throughout the home provide plenty of storage. Lights by David Pompa hang over a dining room table that's surrounded by Bo Concept chairs.
The firm worked diligently to use each and every corner by opting to custom-design many of the furnishings
In the kitchen, a custom-designed counter accompanies Bauhaus stools and hanging lights by DWR.
The firm custom-designed the bathroom cabinets and mirror.
The balcony, featuring a custom bench and table alongside chairs from Bo Concept, extends the available space for entertaining.