(Photos: Fernando Guerra)
The wooden spiral staircase is nice, but it’s the nude headless metal men hanging from the ceiling that really make this room pop with appeal. Architect Isay Weinfeld designed this villa in São Paulo, Brazil.
The home is named Casa Cubo. It features a lovely staircase that goes almost, but not quite, down to the bottom floor. The headless men are sculptures by Antony Gormley. W magazine describes the ambiance and architectural influences:
Just as the owners, a 50-ish couple with three sons, maintain a balance between their Latin American, European, and American art acquisitions, their preferred style of architecture suffuses the geometric austerity of the European modernist masters, chiefly Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, with the tactile material richness of the subtropics. In architecture, Luis Barragán accomplished the feat of inflecting modernism with Latin American exuberance in the middle of the last century, punctuating his sober planes with walls of saturated color. But that was then, and that was Mexico. In present-day Brazil, the favored form of modernist architecture features dark and opulent native woods, elegant sculptural staircases, and large rectangles of glass that open to the lush outdoors. Arguably, the leading advocate of this playfully sophisticated look is Isay Weinfeld, the creator of Casa Cubo.