Sig Bergamin

When we are looking for inspiration, we routinely turn to the photographs of  the interiors designed by Brazilian designer Sig Bergamin. Known for his fearless juxtapositions of patterns and styles, every observer can take away something from his dramatic style. The ikat fabric used on the curtains in his New York apartment, for example, inspired a fast growing trend towards using such large graphic patterns in rooms of all shapes and sizes. This room looks larger than it is, but in fact, it is his small pied a terre in New York City. Inspired anyone?578157baa3e24116d7d571fb1ebb67aeIn the same apartment, Bergamin upholstered the walls in a soft blue cotton fabric with a tape detail where the ceiling meets the crown molding. This is a decorator’s technique for continuity, and can be very forgiving of  worn and weathered walls.
64554d8d1f7cd35663724eb19158fc4bIn another Bergamin interior, he displays his uncanny ability to pair art of different formats, shapes, and orientations on a wall- always making it look interesting.dd9647c04ce878ad20d312dd26da5da4In Bergamin’s Brazilian beach house, the designer’s expertise and courage abound with his ability to play patterns against one another on every surface.sig-bergamin-0411-main-2-mdnScreen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.52.51 AMIn a bedroom, a more masculine mix of textiles. Some restraint in color, but still a terrifically complex mix of patterns.
Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.53.06 AMBelow, posted on Bergamin’s Instagram “project of the day”, a vibrant upholstery color combination plus dramatic photography pop off rustic wood interior walls.
Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.52.18 AMColorful ceramic vessels add to the otherwise organic feel. Notice how he layers carpets on top of carpets.
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  1. In the living room of Bergamin’s home in San Paoulo, Brazil, he pairs artwork by Bert Stern, Takashi Murakami, and Alex Katz on top of vibrant green painted walls. Orange curtains, violet upholstered sofa; in a Bergamin interior, somehow anything goes.

9df1f0baa2a34087d8a6009606d7d687In the decoration of historic Sao Paulo home of Vogue Brazil’s Donata Meirelles, Bergamon married the two seating areas of this large room with a glamourous fringed sofa.Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.53.41 AMHow to elevate the look of an important entry way? According to Bergamin: dramatic, floor- to-ceiling artwork.
4f4d32417f4c5a285dd084122fd3c697In the same Sao Paulo home, glass and mirrored shelves display a collection of vibrant Murano glass vessels. The combination of these mirrored shelves with the mirrored coffee table and small side table helps to keep the heavy velvet upholstery from looking too serious.
92fe6dd0caab7e393873a1bad1d25202Taking a leap with color and pattern is one of the most difficult challenges decorating pros as well as novices face. Our advice? Practice small steps. Add just one colorful pillow to the mix. Purchase a lamp that is outside of your comfort zone. Throw an area rug over a wall to wall carpet. Let us know how it goes! We love seeing what you’re up to.

  • Mary

    Whoa…I’ve always loved color & patterns in my home but ol’ Sig takes it to a whole new level. I’m not THAT brave.

  • @artfulwarehouse

    I’m loving your blog posts! I’m learning a lot. Thanks for taking the time to write them!