Airing Her Clean Laundry
Edie Cohen -- Interior Design, 7/1/2004 12:00:00 AM
In New York, there's the Kips Bay Decorator Show House. In São Paulo, there's Casa Cor, the Brazilian city's most prestigious annual interior design event. Casa Cor 2003 entailed transforming a 1943 maternity hospital into a high-society residential apartment complex, complete with a Zen massage room and spa as well as a laundry room by the namesake principal of Cláudia Haguiara Architecture.
One of Brazil's leading designers, she's not a name normally associated with service facilities. And her laundry room merged the utilitarian with the sophisticated. Originally three rooms, the 500-square-foot space featured a 15-foot ceiling, an eco-friendly eucalyptus floor, and newly exposed brick walls.
Haguiara acknowledged the importance of treating fragile garments with care with her quadruple sink island. Placed on an aluminum grate for water over- flow, each sink was Silestone, a durable quartz surfacing. Silestone reappeared as the 11-foot-long built-in ironing surface.
Of course, today's laundry is really about washers and driers. Favoring an industrial look, Haguiara chose four of each, in stainless steel, and installed them in a row beneath a complementary shelf for detergent.
Directly opposite, she grouped Pierre Paulin's vermilion Globe chair, Eero Saarinen's Tulip table, and Michele de Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina's Tolomeo lamp. That's wash day, international style.