Calm in the City: A Cramped Apartment Becomes a ‘A Warm and Cozy Home’ for a Couple with Young Kids

Conti, Cert., the Barcelona-based firm that garnered a spot on The Remodelista List: 20 Architects, Tastemakers, and Designers to Watch in 2023, recently reached out with a captivating new project they oversaw for friends-turned-clients. “They were in the process of buying this apartment, and wanted to redesign it completely. They were looking for more light, a smarter distribution, and a very warm and cozy home to bring up their children,” says Andrea Conti, who, along with Isa Cert, founded the studio with the goal of designing simple, elegant, and timeless homes.

In addition to reconfiguring the upper-floor, three-bedroom apartment to be more open and airy—”It was a really partitioned dwelling, with several dark rooms, low ceilings, and cramped corners,” says Andrea—they also sought to restore some of the home’s original architectural details (the flat is in a classic 1950s building). “Every time we find vaulted ceilings, which are called Catalan ‘volta’ here, or molded doors, we try to recover them. In this project, we tore down the low roofs aiming to find this ceiling. If we cannot restore or recover these features, we build them with new materials, always maintaining the original essence of the space,” explains Andrea.

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Photography by Claudia Mauriño, courtesy of Conti, Cert.

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Above: The aforementioned Catalan volta in the spacious open-concept living and dining area, which features a wall of windows softened with fabric shades. A low wall-to-wall shelf, right under the windows, offers plenty of opportunity to display beloved objects.
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Above: The sofas, oak coffee table, wall shelf, and slatted wood panel (to cover the air conditioning unit) were all custom designed by Conti, Cert. “The small lamp on the small table [between the sofas] is by a new brand that we just fell in love with, Chamusquina.” [N.B.: We’re obsessed, too, with the lighting studio. See our post on the brand here.]