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?In 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.
In 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.In Bergamin’s Brazilian beach house, the designer’s expertise and courage abound with his ability to play patterns against one another on every surface.In a bedroom, a more masculine mix of textiles. Some restraint in color, but still a terrifically complex mix of patterns.
Below, posted on Bergamin’s Instagram “project of the day”, a vibrant upholstery color combination plus dramatic photography pop off rustic wood interior walls.
Colorful ceramic vessels add to the otherwise organic feel. Notice how he layers carpets on top of carpets.
- 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.
In 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.How to elevate the look of an important entry way? According to Bergamin: dramatic, floor- to-ceiling artwork.
In 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.
Taking 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.