Reinterpreting classical interior style, sister duo Cláudia and Catarina Soares Pereira are named for their design firm Casa do Passadiço in Portugal. The company’s headquarters and main showroom is situated in an 18-century manor, which was acquired by Cláudia and Catarina’s grandfather; a collector of antiques and artifacts. Catarina Rosas – mother of the two sisters – restored the manor for two years before opening her premier interior architecture firm in 1992. The house was previously used by locals to access the church, from where the name Casa do Passadiço evolved– translated to “House of the Passage” in Portuguese.
Fast forward to today, when the interior house announced the expansion of their family’s love for fabric, texture, and materials in the city of Lisbon. The sisters carry on their long-standing tradition to showcase Casa do Passadiço in an archaeologically classified building – this time from 1900. Situated on the Avenida da Liberdade, famously known as the city’s most prestigious luxury shopping street, the new boutique offers collections from high-end art firms as well as intricately designed objects by Claudia and Catarina.
As clients walk around the magnificently decorated store – what else could you expect from two contemporary designers – they will witness De Gournay’s hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper, gold sputnik chandeliers, elevated ceilings, and ornate plaster moldings. “We like combining the 1960s and 1970s with the contemporary,”Claudia says. “It’s a real eclectic mix that brings together our taste for historic and contemporary interiors.”
From Portugal to Dubai and Paris to New York, the duo is always on the move for their international projects. The interior house’s most famous commercial client is the Italian footwear luxury label Aquazzura. Completely grasping the needs of the high-end brand, Casa do Passadiço has decorated Aquazzura stores in London, Milan, and New York along with their headquarters in Florence – which is situated in the majestic 17th century Palazzo Corsini.
Casa do Passadiço’s newest store will display original pieces by iconic designers and artists including Gabriella Crespi, Vittorio Dassi, Armand Jonckers, Eric Schmitt, Vladimir Kagan, René Roche, and Willy Rizzo. Vogue Arabia editor-in-chief Manuel Arnaut attended the opening of the new store in Lisbon along with the exclusive dinner in Palacio Nacional da Ajuda, where the kings of Portugal lived. The affair was joined by Aquazurra designer Edgardo Osorio, Spanish duchess Naty Abascal, model Nieves Alvarez, and Joana Vasconcelos.
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