An illustrator’s colorful, renovated apartment in Brasília features a clever partition that makes best use of the limited space.

After purchasing his very first apartment—a 430-square-foot studio in Asa Norte in his hometown of Brasília—comic book illustrator Caio Gomez reached out to local practice Semerene Arquitetura to help him transform his new property into a multifunctional dwelling where he can relax, work, and entertain friends.

The owners vintage armchairs.

The owner’s vintage armchairs have a bold presence in the living room.

Courtesy of Joana França

“Gomez wanted a warm home filled with emotional elements capable of expressing his personality and stimulating his creativity,” says founder and architect Clarice Semerene, who turned to Gomez’s illustrations for inspiration. 

The redesigned space is influenced by the nostalgia and humor conveyed in Gomez’s comics with elements from the works of his favorite illustrators woven into the design concept.

The layout was guided by the organized, yet unorthodox, framing of Gomez’s favorite cartoonist Chris Ware, whose color palette of hot and cold tones also influenced the apartment’s color scheme.

A white tile backsplash sets the kitchen and dining apart from the concrete and wood walls in the rest of the home.

A white tile backsplash sets the kitchen and dining apart from the concrete and wood walls in the rest of the home. 

Courtesy of Joana França

A custom designed book shelf.

“The shelves with green-painted interiors—a nod to the cases found in old bookshelves—house the artist’s collection of comics, vinyl records, and objects,” says Semerene.

Courtesy of Joana França

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