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ONCE UPON A TIME

Before establishing Casa Botelho, João Botelho enjoyed a career in global luxury retail for over 22 years, beginning his journey in sales for a prestigious Brazilian brand in his hometown, Belo Horizonte. With an ambition to explore the world, João decided to move to Europe in 1994, choosing London as his new home. Since then, João has worked for Harvey Nichols, Nicole Farhi and Jasper Conran, opening Jasper Conran’s flagship Mayfair store in 2004. He joined Donna Karan New York in 2000 and has held several senior positions including, Director of Retail, Senior Director of Retail and Wholesale, and UK Managing Director for both Retail & Wholesale.

Having worked with iconic homeware designers and travelled around the globe, João has witnessed style at its best, experienced exquisite architecture and gained an abundance of interiors knowhow, inspiring him to explore different sides of his creative personality through ‘design’.

“Are there any rules? Not really… but you need to be confident, have a good eye for layering items, and play around with scale, space, light, materials and colours.”

HOW IT STARTED

João’s obsession with homeware and passion for styling wasn’t a secret. However, it wasn’t until he successfully completed the redesign of his four-storey townhouse in East London that João realised he was deeply in love with the world of interior and furniture design.

During the renovation, in collaboration with Waind Gohil Architects, João designed his own furnishings, doors and windows, customized the kitchen, TV console, vanity unit and walk-in wardrobe, as well as the concrete floating shelves and elaborate sink. João built strong relationships with designers, home stores, contractors and architects which now means his clients enjoy a smooth journey in the design of their interiors.

DEBUT COLLECTION

On March 17th 2016, Casa Botelho launched its debut, luxury furniture range, The Martini Collection. The inspiration for the collection came from founder, João Botelho’s passion for Art Deco design and symmetry, all things James Bond and an obsession for petite tables. What started as a stylish and sexy statement piece for the home, quickly evolved into the development of a dramatic collection. ​

After the Martini Collection’s debut, the Casa Botelho brand grew rapidly, catching the eye of design enthusiasts and media, worldwide. Further luxury furniture ranges were launched, including Bacco, Diana, Era and Hide, followed by the most recent collections – Cupid, Ermes, Eros and Vulcano – as well as collaborations with renowned designers such as a Jennifer Manners, Margo Selby, Art Hide and TM Lighting.​ Casa Botelho also offers a very unique shopping experience whereby customers can purchase the brands own projects online, as well as a collection of designs by some of João’s favourite brands that share the functional beauty, attention to detail, and style sensibility of which Casa Botelho is known – Style Destination.The journey continues…

“Our home signifies the tribe we feel we belong to; where we aim in our life’s journey; who we believe in ourselves to be, or the image we would like to project.
Casual or elegant, eclectic or boho, all communicate something about our personality and our ambition.”
– João Botelho

THE WAY WE WORK

Casa Botelho celebrates quality and luxury. The brands signature design can be described as ‘masculine glamour’ which plays with scale, light, reflective surfaces and seductive tones. In a Casa Botelho design you will find high-quality, luxury materials including velvet, leather, brass and hide; elegant, clean lines; sumptuous, contrasting textures; and handmade craftsmanship with impeccable attention to detail.

Although glamorous design and dramatic tones are what Casa Botelho is known for, comfort is just as important to João as aesthetic. João’s interior projects are full of inviting armchairs, cosy sofas, sumptuous cushions, coffee tables at the perfect height for resting your feet, and martini tables to rest your cocktail. While his furniture designs seduce you to sit and wrap you up as you relax into their ergonomic shape and plush seating.

Casa Botelho offers an utterly unique, exciting and dramatic style. João Botelho’s designs fill a gap in the industry with a form that is both strong and personal, magical and moving.

Slightly eclectic but delightfully romantic, Casa Botelho designs are glamorous, sumptuous and seductive, and will inject drama and personality into any interior. Casa Botelho designs are available in a variety of colours and textures and are therefore bespoke to each client; enabling them to craft spaces that bring their interior dreams to life.

“The Casa Botelho signature style is about being bold, exciting, fun and above all memorable.”

Casa Botelho takes pride in “dressing to impress”. Dressing your home is just like dressing yourself; it must suite your lifestyle and personality, playing its role in the function and aesthetic of your interior.

The brands signature style is recognized by its use of symmetrical design, strong lines, bold tones and rich textures. While having its own drama and personality, each Casa Botelho design will positively transform the space it’s introduced into, providing a brilliant visual statement while creating a harmonious, sophisticated and refined interior aesthetic.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Casa Botelho offers an interior decorating and design service with adaptable and flexible plans to dress your home and address your needs.

Finding solutions that tick the right boxes are extremely important. Whether it’s a complete or part renovation, Casa Botelho can transform your home and make your interior dreams a reality. They do this by finding ways to make ideas work, pushing design boundaries, impeccable attention to detail, and making the impossible, possible.

FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

Casa Botelho’s furniture and accessories collections range from petite martini tables to glamorous armchairs and sumptuous fabrics. Combining form, function and clever design, the Casa Botelho range reflects the way we live today – perhaps in smaller spaces with a need for versatile pieces that bring joy and inspiration to our daily lives.

The product range is made of very high-quality, luxurious materials and is suitable for commercial, educational, hospitality and residential spaces. The furniture collections are designed in London and manufactured in Britain. The accessories are made in India and the Hide collection in Argentina.

BESPOKE

Casa Botelho offers a bespoke design service and can provide furniture for private, commercial and boutique hotels. All Casa Botelho products can be purchased online and can be customised in your choice of colours and materials.

INTERIOR STYLING

Casa Botelho offers an interior styling and accessorizing service tailored to your needs and budget. Get exclusive access to João’s unique knowledge of interiors with flexible and adaptable plans to swiftly dress your home.

INTERIOR BUYING

Dressing your home doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive! The small details are the ones that are most important and will bring immeasurable pleasure to your way of life. Casa Botelho has unique access to trade discounts, exclusive global brands and manufacturers, and for a small handling fee, will act on your behalf to purchase items such as artwork, furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, floors, lighting and soft accessories. the ones that will bring immeasurable pleasures in to your home. Let us assist you to dress your home beautifully.

“João has a rigour and eye for detail that sets him apart from other designers. His passion is matched with a determination to have his vision realised. These qualities, combined with impeccable taste, appreciation of craftsmanship, extensive knowledge of finishes, materials and lighting along with his collaborative approach, has led to designs that we have worked on together evolving to be unique and beautiful”

Philip Waind
RIBA ACA FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

The most wonderful connoisseur I have had the pleasure of knowing, João is refreshingly humble in his amalgamative approach towards interior conceptualization. Drawing from his ample and truly diverse skill set, he is a master of aesthetic appeal evident in the maturity of his output. Distinguished by the synergetic manner he adopts, I look forward to the promising future of Casa Botelho as well as the continued pleasure of working towards the provision of valuable luxury to all those who entrust us with the task”

Minhal Sadiq Saigol
AURUM HOME
Founder & Creative Director

“It has been a pleasure to work with Casa Botelho. Their confident design signature is clean and rich, combining modernist and antique elements and employing unusual textural combinations. Their creations are subtle interiors that are highly satisfying to live in and use. With Casa Botelho, every design aspect is considered and highly functional, driven by an uncompromising eye for detail and finish”

Nick Ford
Managing director Pipsqueak Architectural

“I am delighted that Loxone was chosen as the home automation system for Casa Botelho and that Autopilot Living can be showcased in such a breathtaking setting. I’ve yet to meet someone who rivals João’s passion and skill for using lighting to create drama and intrigue in a home.

The fact that Loxone was selected as the system of choice for such a statement home is testimony to its ability to enhance interior design, rather than compete with it. To me, smart home technology should not be about overcomplicated gadgetry or obtrusive control panels. Instead, the personality and character of a home should take centre stage, as it does in Casa Botelho.”

Philipp Schuster
Managing Director, Loxone UK

“I have known Joao for a number of years and watched with amazement as he took on demanding design projects, fully translated the customer’s needs and delivered beautifully executed projects on time and to budget. Joao, never forsakes taste or quality, while juggling the many conflicting elements of design, budget and times scales.

Additionally, although Joao has a style, he also had the ability to assist the client to express their own style, so at the completion of a project, the client is left with a home that represents them.

I cannot recommend Joao highly enough!”

Shannon de Boissard 
Founding Partner & CEO 
Percy & Reed Product Limited

“Joao of Casa Botelho was an absolute joy to work with. He had immediate clarity of vision, but never failed to consider our thoughts as clients. He advised on colour schemes, furniture and lighting choices, de-cluttering and introducing touches of luxe as he went along. Our much-loved family home of thirty years, had good ‘bone structure’ but was extremely tired. Joao totally transformed the feeling of the house, yet managed to stay totally within our budget. He has an incredible sense of style, but even more crucially, has amazing people skills. Joao was unfailingly patient and charming – key qualities when you are dealing with clients who want a transformation but are nervous about radical change! We couldn’t be happier with the transformative effect of his input.”

Sian Cox
Private Client

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