As every self-respecting brand knows, these days, the retail store environment must offer the customer an immersive lifestyle experience. But in the case of Portuguese furniture brand De La Espada, the theory has been pushed one step further with the creation of a De La Espada apartment in Porto.
Created in partnership with Flattered, a house-hotel concept established by a trio of design-conscious Portuguese veterinarians, each space offers guests the chance to experience the De La Espada lifestyle first hand.
Located in Porto’s Foz do Douro, the first of the three apartments planned for launch this year occupies the top floor of the historic building, which was renovated by Barbosa & Guimaraes. Inside, the interiors are the work of architect José Carlos Cruz, who has cleverly intertwined local materials and original features with De La Espada’s contemporary Neri&Hu furniture, which is made just an hour’s drive away at the furniture brand’s factory in Mira.
Smartly comprising a living room with a concealed pullout bed, a dining room on a raised platform, and a private bedroom with a pitched roof and skylight on the mezzanine level, the apartment offers all the comforts of home along with breathtaking, panoramic views of the sea.
Breakfast is provided in a traditional Portuguese basket that is left outside of the room each morning, and for those that want to truly unwind, in-room yoga and massages are provided on request.