Fuelled on Creativity
This eclectic Lisbon neighborhood is attracting creative people from all over and making them feel at home. When it comes to rediscovering itself few districts in Lisbon have shown more energy and enthusiasm for shaking off the dark days of the financial crisis than Principe Real.
Up the hill, as most places are in Lisbon, just after the more famous Bairro Alto this bohemian enclave has found a passion for design and lifestyle that’s hard to match.
The district presents all that’s fascinating about Lisbon – the fine 19th century architecture clad in unique ceramics, the open, leafy, communal squares, the ancient trams, the city bustle in a village atmosphere, all mixed together with a vibrant and eclectic creativity that is distinctly Portuguese.
FOR THE LOVE OF LISBON
Grace Yacoub has her hands full as Zaman’s founder and CEO. But passion for interior design has always been part of Grace’s creative life, so when the opportunity to design an apartment in Lisbon came her way, Grace jumped on a plane.
Collaborating with the imaginative young architects at the Lisbon firm Fala Atelier, creative director Grace Yacoub took inspiration from Lisbon’s resurgence as one of Europe’s most exciting cities, transforming this modest unit into a stylish urban retreat with a global sensibility.
The layout was completely reinvented, to optimize the space. Expanding the windows and moving the bathroom opened up spectacular views of the Tagus River, with a particularly breathtaking outlook from the shower.
The new open plan integrates the kitchen into the lounge and creates a seamless flow. Pops of pattern and color from signature Portuguese ceramics add a sense of place and community to this light-filled space. Located in the city’s fashionable Principe Reale district, the apartment has the feeling of the neighborhood, it’s comfortable yet energetic, and full of delightful surprises.
A collection of modern Portuguese pottery nods to the palette of traditional Azulejo tilework seen on walls all over the country. Open, airy spaces welcome Lisbon’s magical light into the apartment.
A floor pattern reminiscent of Lisbon’s iconic black and white paving stones bring a sense of the city’s history into this fresh, modern environment. Fixtures and furniture are designed to allow light to pass through and around them, enhancing the open, airy feel of the space.