Catching Up with Brune et César - UTIL – Designer furniture
June 2021

Catching Up with Brune et César

Brune and César met at university in Paris and have been together ever since. They stayed in Paris early in their careers: Brune putting her eye for the uncanny to good use in interior design projects for restaurants; and César had his yuppie phase as a successful designer for Condé Nast. But three kids later they had enough of Paris, and relocated to Lisbon in search of a different pace and a professional realignment. 

Their apartment in Santa Isabel is like a wonderful cadavre exquis, a miraculous mash-up of seemingly polarised influences: exotic pieces collected through their many voyages in South America and South-East Asia, come together in a family home that is both decidedly French and positively Portuguese. A masterful conversion of a top-floor on a XIX century building, centered around a bright, productive kitchen, that is as much Côte d’Azur as it is Casablanca. At its heart: a large dinner table around which Brune elaborates her culinary concoctions. Practical and uncomplicated, she cooks with flair and precision with only a handful of simple ingredients. Just like with her work: truly blessed with a gentle touch, she will take the simplest materials and supercharge them with meaning. Recently Brune and César have teamed up on a reinterpretation of a Portuguese classic: the family medal! A fitting and authentic output from a neo-portuguese family.

Pictures by Pedro Alfacinha

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