Designer Sig Bergamin has been on the AD100 list for several years now. You can experience his work all over the world from Paris to New York to Brazil. Our selection of the seven best rooms with designer rugs in the August 2016 Architectural Digest, are all from Sig’s work on a Portuguese colonial house located in a historic plantation just outside São Paulo, Brazil. The estate includes horse stables, a royal pool and its own farm chapel. Sig, a master at mixing bold patterns, vivid colors and fabulous oversized rugs is the type of designer Architectural Digest is likely to feature more often under newly installed editor in chief, Amy Astley who recently wrote, “….there is nothing that delights me more than a riot of vivid pattern and hues…” Emblematic of this new regime at AD is a quote in the August AD by Swiss-born, Paris-based designer Mattia Bonetti, “If people who can afford incredible decors keep commissioning bland minimalist interiors—which, I admit, are much easier to sell—it’s the end of decoration.” Fasten your seat belts AD readers!
1. Downstairs Hallway
Sig Bergamin designed the downstairs hallway walls using red and gold fabric, two colorful floral paintings and a collection of ceramic roosters. To lead you into the houses grand area, he selected a needlepoint rug with a yellow and green trellis on a cream background.
2. Dining Area
An oversized needlepoint rug anchors a vintage 12 person dining room table. Sig Bergamin used the rug along with a collection of Chinese Export porcelain mounted on a bright green wall to give the space drama and exquisite detail. The chair fabric is a subtle reinforcement of the yellow wall and ceiling treatments.
3. Guest Bedroom
Artist Nathalie Morhange meticulously hand-painted the reddish-pink rose walls in one of the guest rooms. The custom wall treatment plays with the blue, red and pink florals that grace the needlepoint rug selected by Sig Bergamin.
4. Master Suite
A white and blue rug with a spacious trellis gives Sig Bergamin’s bold design a chance to breathe. The floral walls of the master suite were also hand-painted by Nathalie Morhangeby.
5. Guest Bedroom
Rather than using an oversized rug, two sizes of the same multi-colored needlepoint rug were selected in the guest bedroom to highlight the floor layout. The highly saturated yellow and blue walls were also hand-painted by Nathalie Morhangeby.
6. Living Area
In the same grand space as the dining area, Sig Bergamin continues the wall collection of Chinese Export porcelain, while a floral needlepoint rug reinforces the living area’s colors and fabrics.
7. Sitting Room
Natural light highlights a fabulous mix of antique pharmacy jars, custom furniture and a Lula Cardoso Ayres painting. Sig Bergamin selected a refreshing geometric blue and white rug to connect with the room’s white walls, blue trim and fabrics.