In the Heart of the Douro
Designed to be a “new experience for design lovers”, the Covet House is a place specially conceived for professionals of the interior design world.
Located on the Douro River bank, 15 minutes from Porto’s historical centre, the COVET House is a traditionally built manor, filled with remarkable architectural details that hold the glory from a noble past. Its interior, projected by Covet Lounge, features furniture pieces from some of the world’s most recognized and prestigious furniture and lighting brands – Boca do Lobo, DelightFULL, Brabbu, Koket, Essential Home, Maison Valentina, Circu and Luxxu.
The COVET House is adorned with an unbelievable view over the River, and its Southern facing front ensures a full day of splendid sunlight. It’s easy to get lost in the landscape over the river, and looking around, details jump insight. With a gorgeous swimming pool for long dives and an amazing space to take long sunbathing, this house looks fresh, eclectic and playful, perfect to enjoy life. Still, outside the house, it’s possible to see a beautiful and antique chapel, which is an integral part of the house that clearly shows a Catholic past, very characteristic of the Portuguese people and, in the garden, wide cages with beautiful peacocks inside gives an exotic and luxurious atmosphere.
Walking inside the house it’s possible to understand how stunning the mixture of styles is: vintage pieces with modern elements, soft with strong, feminine with masculine – all together.
Living and dining rooms are common and it’s possible to see a charming fireplace with a big and luxurious chandelier and two beautiful and velvety sofas and several charming corners filled with details and charming pieces. In the dining room, a huge table is on the center flanked by comfortable and inviting chairs. It feels homey but luxurious and artistic at the same time with many gold pieces, to make the decor somewhat precious, like a gem, and to add a touch of femininity—like a spark. Gold makes things more exciting.
The impact is augmented by the floor to ceiling windows, where the sun gets in and afford a relaxing and sunny atmosphere to these divisions. Soaring and ornamented ceilings and superb proportions create an artfully balanced with the entire appointments of the house.
Even, on the first floor, there is a large and light kitchen, great to prepare incredible banquets and to really enjoy this beautiful place.
Upstairs, each of the four bedrooms has a specific theme and are furnished with one brand in mind. Each bedroom has a different concept, a different sensation.
Thinking about renovating the concept of master bedroom, Boca do Lobo brought out a whole new concept to the suite. Black and gold are the colors that stand out in the different pieces that match up together bringing a luxury and seductive ambience into the bedroom. Gold leaf and black lacquer are the main materials in the room, mixed put with details such as insects and brass handmade nails.
With a perfect retro universe, Essential Home Suite in partnership with DelightFULL created another bedroom full of sleek lines presenting the knurled details on the walnut sideboard and the modern dressing table enhanced by the classic elegance of the irregular shades of the marble table lamp. Looking closely, you can almost see Greta applying powder in from of the mirrors.
And because there is a story behind everything, getting inside of BRABBU’s suite you can tell that the story has Nature as its main character and its written by the materials, textures and colors of some of the most interesting places around the world and it’s possible to feel it just for the very first moment we look at SEQUOIA side table, a nature force, an ancient spirit belonging to the largest and tallest trees in the world. All of this is a mixture of senses. Inspired by the warmth of tropical atmosphere CASSIS wood sideboard is the touch of nature that every space needs and it could not miss on this bedroom. To create a live and bright ambience in the suite, BRABBU travelled to Kiribati islands surrounded by the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
It’s the beauty of the coral that makes NIKU floor a rarity in contemporary lighting. This desire to keep discovering cultures led our designers to Myanmar in Asia to create the KAYAN mirror the complement for creating an exotic touch in this modern suite.
Coming out for a bedroom and peeking to another, it’s possible to see sensual lines and a feminine concept. The luxury design brand Koket, known for their empowering and dramatic statement pieces, conceived two luxury rooms so guests can feel Koket’s opulent lifestyle.
The KOKET’s bedroom suite is designed as the perfect bedroom set. The airy space features the Kelly bed, covered in an indulgent lazer rabbit throw, skirted by two Art Deco Tamara nightstands.
The nightstands are topped with two pink Gem table lamps for an ambient glow, and an Eternity sculpture hangs nearby shimmering in the soft light. At the end of the bed sit two black and gold Mandy stools, completing this gorgeous bedroom set.
Across the little corridor, a private living room comes alive in shades of black and gold in glamorous present-day luxe. The majestic Heive Armoire pairing with the voluptuous Caprichosa sofa, the big ceiling to floor window and a big size Buddha statue, give to the private living room the perfect quest for Zen and relaxation.
In the bathrooms, Maison Valentina introduces a new and lavishness approach of what the best luxury in this space can offer by combining exuberant design pieces within a marble’s ambience. Refined, expensive and royal material, the atmosphere offers the best and most exquisite material for the bathroom design.
The Covet House represents part of Portugal’s culture and history and a perfect match with the country’s strongest design group with a 10-year legacy. It’s an anthem to the upcoming future and a tribute to those who helped along the journey. Ultimately, it is a place to celebrate design with friends.
“Our mission is to give a unique experience to visitors. More than a common showroom, we want our exclusive guests – which consist of a VIP list including the world’s top designers – not only to see our products live but also to enter the unique world of each one of those brands and experience them through all the five senses. What we really want is to celebrate Design”
Ricardo Magalhães, COVET Lounge’s Co-Founder and Head of Interior Design
Other luxury brands are being invited to be part of this unique experience and expose their own products to a VIP list of the world’s best interior designers, a place where visits to the house are available by invitation only.
Covet Lounge – The Brand
Design has always been about the experience. Despite a younger, more digitally savvy and connected world, the fundamentals of the workplace in design remain unchanged. Ultimately, design is about people and relationships. We will always need to consider the entire end user experience, and so space, products, deadlines, budgets and collaborations are the basic needs that a designer must always meet!