Out There

Design, Art, Travel, Shopping
By Maria Gabriela Brito

Interior Design / Lifestyle
Spring 2013
ISBN: 978-1-938461-03-3
158 Pages / Over 250 Illustrations

$60 USD

The world of fashion is completely intertwined with the world of art. Fashion is drama, fantasy, and splendor. On the left, the dress by D&G, from the 2012 Spring/Summer collection, is inspired by vintage scarves and other fabrics found in the archives of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Maria has always admired Scandinavian designers, so when she found out that Just Scandinavia, a now mainly-online source, carried a large selection of pillows covered with Josef Frank fabrics, she got a bunch of them, all in different patterns.

Maria loves beautifully designed plates and is intrigued by their fabulous patterns. She has several sets of dishes that she mixes and matches when she’s entertaining.

Maria loves the work of contemporary artists Vik Muniz and Cindy Sherman. On the left, she is photographed with Vik at the premiere of his documentary Wasteland in Fall 2010 and with Cindy at the opening night of her incredible retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art on the right.

When Maria visited the studio of Italian designer Gaetano Pesce, they talked for hours and felt quite lucky to have accessed his world. In the end, she left with the sensation of having had quite a memorable day visiting an iconic master.

The living room of this house located outside the city was designed around two mid-twentieth century chairs that were hand-painted by an anonymous Brazilian artist. Maria chose a palette of blues, greens, and oranges using furniture pieces such as a small glass and bamboo table between the chairs by the Campana Brothers, two abstract geometric acrylic-on-canvas pieces by Pennsylvania artist Michael C. Begenyi and a standing lamp from Blu Dot.

The Arizona wallpaper from English company Osborne & Little makes such an impact that not much else is needed on the walls of this New York City apartment.

This loft in New York City was sterile and mostly empty when Maria first went to meet with its owner, an extraordinary marketing genius with one of the best senses of humor she could ever hope for in a client. After many long conversations, Maria decided to incorporate interesting art, vibrant accessories, chandeliers, cool pieces of furniture, and splashes of color to enliven the place and make it a home.

A mid-twentieth-century–style chandelier became the focal piece in this home office that also doubles as a guest room. The New York collage mural wallpaper is by Mr Perswall, a Swedish company. Maria ordered a custom-made red leather Chesterfield sofa and paired it with a colorful pouf and pillows by Donna Wilson.

The dining room of this Upper East Side apartment looked fantastic after Priscila De Carvalho, a young and talented Brazilian artist, installed her large mixed-media artwork and its fiberglass cloud extensions on the wall. The centerpiece on the Knoll Pedestal dining table by Eero Saarinen is by Italian designer Gaetano Pesce for Fish Design.

Maria’s Design on a Dime booth represented aspects of who she is as a person and as a designer. Mixing the old with the new, she certainly did not shy away from contemporary art, wallpaper, and extreme colors. Besides the fabulous wallpaper, the rocking chair, and the prints by AVAF, she added a rug from a N.Y. Conran Shop and pillows made with Scandinavian fabrics. The powder-coated steel red chair, another favorite, is from Blu Dot.


Welcome to the vibrant world of Maria Gabriela Brito, the New York-based interior designer, tastemaker, and authority on mixing contempo­rary art with home decoration. A fascinating look into Brito’s personal experiences, and an insider’s guide to designing interiors and developing an art collection, Out There presents with insight, humor, and flair the inspirations behind Brito’s work and interests. Featuring highlights of her favorite contemporary artists, photographs of eight New York City apartments that she designed, and an extensive address book of Brito’s favorite galleries, shops, and hotels worldwide, Out There is a fresh and exclusive look behind the scenes of a passionate and exciting new design authority.

About the Author

Maria Brito is the CEO and creative force behind Lifestyling® by Maria Gabriela Brito, a company that offers a unique approach to interior design. Her projects have been featured in design, lifestyle, fashion, and business publications worldwide. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. This is her first book.


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