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Rooms 9 /Architecture Wladimir Alves de Souza /Interior Design Yorick Piette /The Original Pierre Bident Moldeva & Olivier Verwilghen
High on a hilltop in Rio de Janeiro’s lush Santa Teresa neighborhood between the city’s center and the sandy beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema, Chez Georges is a showcase of transcontinental modernism housed in an impressive work of Brazilian Brutalism by the nationally renowned architect Wladimir Alves de Souza. Boasting a private, seven-suite villa and a separate two-bedroom studio, the property is set on the edge of a protected forest within a lofty and secluded location. Such sights as Sugarloaf Mountain, Guanabara Bay, and the city rooftops provide impressive backdrops from various vantage points—including the living room with expansive windows, the patio with its vaulted concrete pergola, and the 360-degree viewing point on the roof. Entering through beautiful concrete arches and a stunning six-meter-high wooden door that overlooks Santa Teresa and the bay beyond, one is immersed in a space of meticulously crafted textiles, bamboo sheets, and cushions carefully chosen in Thailand and Europe. A music-lovers dream, the entire house is hooked up to a state-of-the-art music production room—situated below the welcoming 14-meter-long pool—transforming the villa into a huge recording studio. The exceptional design is characterized by rich woods, azulejo mosaics, spectacular artwork, and a glorious mix of midcentury European and Brazilian furnishings from names such as Nils Jonsson, Jo Hammerbörg, VB Wilkins, and Ricardo Fasanello, as well as handpicked pieces from the antique markets of Paris, Brussels, Ghent, and Antwerp. Perfect for musicians, bands, families, design lovers, and groups, Chez Georges—a creation of Pierre Bident Moldeva and Olivier Verwilghen, the couple behind Design Hotels™ member La Ferme de Georges in northeast Brazil—is for private hire, providing guests with a wholly unique place from which to experience Rio.
SDU - Aeroporto do Rio de Janeiro - Santos Dumont
Food & Drink
Spa & Recreation
Pool, Japanese jaccuzi, Beach, Massage
Need to know
Very private and secure access to the house
Rooms & Suites
Chez Georges can only be rented out in its entirety, and comprises seven suites and an independent studio with two bedrooms. The suites range from 25 to 49 square meters and all feature a working desk and a king-size bed. Many of the guestrooms also have floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Santa Teresa or the nearby forest. While the 30- to 32-square-meter Rainforest Suite, the 49-square-meter Sugarloaf and Ocean View Suite, and the 28-square-meter Grand Floor Suite play host to sitting areas, the latter two also offer a private balcony and a terrace, respectively. The 25- to 34-square-meter Sugarloaf View Room has a shared balcony, and the 32-square-meter Santa Teresa View Suite has a mini balcony, as well as the option to connect to a mezzanine floor and a home theater. The 25-square-meter two-bedroom Studio offers two queen-size beds and a kitchenette.
An entrepreneur and formerly a director of several companies in Paris for 25 years, with a specialty in new technologies, Pierre Bident Moldeva now embraces life in Brazil where he helps to lead teams that meet the new challenges of the hospitality world. His husband, Olivier Verwilghen, is a musician, polyglot, raconteur, and qualified kite-surfing instructor who breathes life and rhythm into his guests’ stays with tales about Brazil in English, French, Portuguese, or Dutch, while also preparing passion-fruit caipirinhas whose recipe he keeps a closely guarded secret! After meeting at an exhibition, the two traveled the world together before settling in Brazil. The couple’s amiable and curious nature, as well as their sustained passion for travel, has instilled in them a great desire to meet new people and make new friends. Their two properties—Chez Georges in Rio and La Ferme de Georges in northeastern Brazil—are expressions of their mutual love for nature, sport, and sharing new experiences that create enduring memories.