Possibly the most photographed home of the Historic Quadrado with its royal blue facade and appearing in international design magazines worldwide, Casa Das Artes (Art House) exudes tropical creativity and sensuality and is a stylish homage to Trancoso’s recent past when the sleepy fishing village was adopted as home by international artists and designers. With a wide Quadrado frontage and tree-filled garden this was always one of the most coveted casas in town, but it's renown today stems from its singular atmosphere, the result of décor and artworks of the UXUA Artist In Casa residency, one-of-a-kind pieces whose organic shapes and materials are set against a vibrant color scheme which contrasts bright hues and soft pastels.
This perfect tropical retreat joins high-style and relaxed comfort including thoughtful details inviting indoor/outdoor living – the ideal Bahian lifestyle.
Already a special property because of its unique location 30-meters from the Saint John Baptist church, Casa Das Arte's true claim-to-fame is its singular atmosphere which makes a breathtaking impact the moment one steps through the wooden front door. The contrast of strong colors with organic shapes and forms is the theme throughout, executed in a highly original style dubbed by a design magazine as Technicolor Tropicália.
Walls are a striking mix of bright tropical colors (pink, blue, yellow, green, red) against soft pastels. Other wall treatments include a bedroom inspired by primitive African painted houses of Burkina Faso and curtains crafted from Indian silk saris.
Artworks throughout include stunning paintings by Joey Yu, Marcelo Cipis, Pato Rammsy, Marta Milanetti, Christian Bittencourt and Caio Pataxó (a native Pataxó painter working under tutelage of Wilbert Das), vintage tapestries from Kennedy Bahia and photography by Melanie Dunea, as well as antique German school posters.
Furnishings and lighting are one-of-a-kind pieces contributed by talents such as Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba, Rodrigo Almeida, Lucas Simões, Mauro Zolin and Peter Kempkens. Other furnishings come from the UXUA D.A.S. collection – unique pieces hand-made locally.
Thousands of small details executed with care give UXUA its identity. Furniture, decor, lighting and fixtures are one-of-a-kind, organic creations of designer Wilbert Das, handmade at the hotel by native artisans ranging from fishermen to Pataxó Indians. Antiques and art are sourced locally. International creatives living at UXUA have contributed via our Artist In Casa residency.