Ever since Julie stumbled upon Quinta da Corte, a newly revamped guest house at a winery in Portugal’s Douro Valley, we’ve been admiring its warm minimalism, the way the silhouettes of the furniture balance each other, and how plenty of negative space—textural plaster walls—frames the rooms like art.

The 200-year-old winery, renowned for its ports and red wines and owned by French art collector and winemaker Philippe Austruy, had fallen into disrepair before he bought it, and has recently been brought back from the ashes by French architect-of-the-moment Pierre Yovanovitch. Among the buildings is a guest house, complete with sitting areas, a library, a kitchen, and eight bedrooms.

Yovanovitch, a collector and a furniture designer himself, filled the rooms with vintage pieces, his own designs, a palette of neutrals and rust, and objects—ceramics, ashtrays—by local Portuguese makers. We can’t quite put our finger on this style that we’re noting everywhere—sculptural minimalism? Or, as Quinta da Corte calls it, “studied simplicity?” But it’s our new favorite point of view when it comes to interiors. Take a look inside the guest house.

Above: A living area is a study in balance (sculptural ceiling light, curvaceous fireplace, slim-limbed armchairs), color (neutral furniture paired with deep blue-grey and rust), and pattern (on the coffee table, armoire, painted geometric ceiling, and the woven straw and leather Tuareg mat, which we included in our post New Directions: 18 Design Trends for 2018).
 Plenty of empty space and unadorned walls keep the room from feeling too busy.
Above: Plenty of empty space and unadorned walls keep the room from feeling too busy.
Another living space in a cohesive color palette, with a black-painted ceiling and black rug. The sheepskin chair is Yovanovitch&#8
Above: Another living space in a cohesive color palette, with a black-painted ceiling and black rug. The sheepskin chair is Yovanovitch’s own design, and on the shelves are the winery’s own bottles. Note how the floor tiles continue up the walls, into a geometric baseboard of sorts.
In a small living area off of the kitchen, a vibrant rug sets off a surprising palette of pale yellows and greens. The table is a collaboration between Yovanovitch and ceramist Armelle Benoit.
Above: In a small living area off of the kitchen, a vibrant rug sets off a surprising palette of pale yellows and greens. The table is a collaboration between Yovanovitch and ceramist Armelle Benoit.

Nearby is the library, where Yovanovitch chose each of the titles himself.

 The table in the dining area is inspired by one the architect remembers from his childhood, in his family&#8
Above: The table in the dining area is inspired by one the architect remembers from his childhood, in his family’s Alpine chalet; this recreation features tiles hand-painted with a map of the Douro Valley. The diamond pattern on the floor is hand-drawn and slightly imperfect.
In the combined kitchen and dining room, walls are tiled in traditional Portuguese azulejos. For the pale-pink glass light installation, Yovanovitch collaborated with Swiss glassmaker Matteo Gonet.
Above: In the combined kitchen and dining room, walls are tiled in traditional Portuguese azulejosFor the pale-pink glass light installation, Yovanovitch collaborated with Swiss glassmaker Matteo Gonet.

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