Top Interior Designers |Isay Weinfeld


Top Interior Designers |Isay Weinfeld

August 31, 2015
The architect Isay Weinfeld, was born in São Paulo in 1952. He graduated from the Mackenzie where he subsequently taught Theory of Architecture. Taught also kinetics expression in the School of Communication at FAAP – Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation.
Worked with cinema, set design, furniture design and is always looking for new challenges, where each job is unique, tailor-made for each client and does not like to repeat.


With a long list of awards, including the grand prize Mipim Architectural Review Future Project Award 2009, Weinfeld has become a benchmark in the industry. Launched in 2009 Isay Weinfeld the book by Bei Editora, written by American journalist and architect Raul Barreneche. Among its customers are shopping concept, renowned restaurants and hotels and residences. In your own luxury setting is creative freedom.


Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld says he would hate to live in any of the homes he has designed over the past 35 years. “People are shocked by that,” he says. “But I design for other people. Like haute couture, a house should exactly fit its user.”


And the user must fit Weinfeld. Arguably Brazil’s best-known architect after Oscar Niemeyer, Weinfeld has the luxury of turning away as many projects as he undertakes. He signs on only after listening to prospective clients describe how they wish to live. “What do you do when you wake up in the morning? ” he’ll ask. “How do you spend your day?” He then sits quietly, head in hand, waiting for insights. These prefatory encounters can resemble therapy, or courtship.  “It’s like a marriage,” he says. “We have to be a match. We may have to work together for years, and we must think in the same direction.”

Light is another important factor for the composition of elements of minimalist designs with great concern with the facades and transparency. Another element that we can mention as remarkable in the composition of Weinfeld works is the presence of vegetation and gardens, with large voids, windows, framing the landscape. For him architecture with right angles box is exciting, which opens out to out to reveal a large garden.

Observe the traces of passion Weinfeld the stage and film in your projects, this is evident in the organization of circulation, for example, the corridor has no function just connecting the rooms, but a sound experience in itself. His ingenious architecture with large volumes mix abstract and tactile, combining, for example, detailed surfaces in woods like ipe, mahogany and sucupira, the Portuguese stone or stones to rich textures, such as sandstone. This composition of materials behind the works, heat, color and texture.

Background & Realizations: the projects:

Cubo House / Isay Weinfeld

Casa Cubo, the initiative of a couple of art collectors, was conceived to house a lodging and support center to artists and the development of the arts, but with all necessary facilities to serve as a home. The program was solved within a cubic block, split vertically into three levels and a mezzanine, whose façades are treated graphically as a combination of lines defined by the cladding cement plaques, by the glass strip on the mezzanine, and the striped wood composition that changes as the bedroom windows are opened and closed.

The service nucleus is located at the front of the ground level, comprising a kitchen, a restroom, a dining room and an entrance hall giving way to the wide room with double ceiling height and polished concrete floor, intended to host events, exhibitions or even work as a lounge that opens onto the backyard.



The mezzanine of the lounge, standing on the slab topping the service nucleus on the ground floor, houses the library, which is marked by three strong elements: a shelving unit extending the whole back wall, a strip of fixed glass next to the floor and a spiral staircase covered in wood that leads to the private quarters upstairs.

Private quarters consist of 3 bedrooms and a living room thoroughly lit through a floor-to-ceiling opening. The garage and service areas are located in the basement.



A spiral stairs made from Brazilian ironwood links two floors inside this São Paulo house, which was designed by Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld as a private gallery and guest house for two art collectors.

Isay Weinfeld was commissioned by the couple to create a house they could use to present exhibitions, host parties and house guests during events such as the São Paulo Art Biennial.

Located on the same street as both the client’s own home and the Isay Weinfeld-designed Yucatan House, Casa Cubo is a three-storey building in São Paulo’s Jardins district.


A double-height living room on the ground floor is the largest space in the house. With white walls and a poured concrete floor, it offers a blank canvas for displaying pantings, sculptures and a selection of designer furniture pieces.

Two staircases are visible inside the room. On one wall a folded steel staircase leads up to a first-floor mezzanine accommodating a library, while on the opposite side a wooden staircase ascends from the first floor to three bedrooms at the top of the house.

Both staircases are suspended from above and appear to be floating just above the floor.

Furniture chosen for the living room includes pieces by Alvar Aalto, Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti and Lina Bo Bardi. Glass doors run along one edge and open the space out to a terrace, garden and lily pond.


The exterior of the house is primarily clad with cement panels, apart from a section near the top that is covered with wood.


  • 1991 – The residence Goldfarb.
  • 1992 – Design competition for the Regional Council of Engineering and Architecture. the 1994 – the store design Giovanna Baby – Morumbi Shopping.
  • 1999 – By advertising agency design F / Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi.
  • 2000 – The Forum store.
    England by residence.
  • “Rino Levi Award” for England residence.
  • 2002 – Honorable Mention for the disco design “Disco”. Honorable Mention by Forneria San Paolo restaurant design.
  • 2004 – Prize “ex aequo” the store Chocolate Club. Prize “ex aequo” by Square Amauri.
  • Prize “ex aequo” the house of Casa Brown.
  • In 2004, he received the award for best contemporary design, the buffet Dewey at the fair Decorex, London, England.


  • 1974 OH! LONELY COW …
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Original Score
    Brazilian Film Festival Super 8 / Curitiba – Paraná
    Special Award
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Plot Film
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Original Score
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: Best Sound Technique
  • The 1975 Sleeping Beauty
    Super National Festival of Super 8 Movie / São Paulo
    Award: INC
  • The 1979 AT THE END FINISH ALL SLEEPING … Super National Super Film Festival 8 / São Paulo
    Award: Best Humor Film
  • 1982 FINISH AT THE END ALL SLEEPING … Film Contest Super 8 / “São Paulo: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”.
    Special Award
  • The 1983 AT THE END FINISH ALL SLEEPING … International Fantastic Film Festival and Terror
    Sitges / Spain
    Award: Best Picture


  • The 1984 GONE WITH THE WIND …
    Brazilian Film Festival of Gramado Award: Best Picture
  • The 1985 GONE WITH THE WIND …
    Ibero-American Cinema Festival of Huelva / Spain
    Award: Best Picture
    Award: APCA – Director Revelation

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