ArtStar Water Portals 023 by Esteban Amaro

A love for modern minimalism and New York City

Felipe Bastos has a soft spot for a monochrome and minimal aesthetic. The New York-based Brazilian Architect and Interior designer has worked with many recognized design studios over the years and loves the culturally diverse experiences it has brought him.


Felipe Bastos


New York City


Architect and Interior Designer 

Chips Design Studio


Tell us about yourself.

I'm a Brazilian Architect and Interior Designer who loves Art and Photography. In the last 13 years, I've collaborated with recognized Design Studios in Brazil, Italy, and New York. The diverse cultural work experiences allow me to explore different ways to find creative solutions for my projects. When not working, I love being out and about in New York. Taking photos, visiting museums, sketching, and riding my bike. I love to create things.  I love potato chips!

How would you describe your personal style when it comes to interior design?

I like the sophistication and simplicity of minimal monochrome spaces.  I love the mix of minimalist and mid-century modern. Antiques mixed with Danish design and Brazilian and Italian design from the '60s. Stacks of art books everywhere, large format canvas, and sculptures. 

ArtStar Untitled (Black on light grey) by Johan Van Oeckel

Black on light grey from Johan Van Oeckel was the perfect choice for my monochrome space. The minimal aesthetic of this piece fits any space, even the most colorful ones. You never go wrong with black/white/grey. I love the simplicity of the large field of black on grey background with the white framing.

Where do you find inspiration?

New York is my inspiration. Creativity is everywhere. I'm constantly around the city, taking photos, inspired by the fantastic Architecture, Interiors, Street Art, Graphic Design, and People. I love to ride my bike around the boroughs and experience the diversity of different Lifestyles.  

Any advice you wish to share with new collectors? Do you have a philosophy you swear to?

Art and Interior should be connected. Simple minimal spaces always work as a neutral base to showcase a beautiful art collection.  You need to understand the space to place the Art. Choose a focal point for large formats and group small pieces. I love a beautiful gallery wall! 

Artists you love on ArtStar?

So many! Love Nicole Yates and Kimmie B's works - the simplicity of the shapes and color choices. Briggs Solomon and Colt Seager for the abstraction and texture. I love the symmetry, reflections, and subjects of Soo Burnell's works. 

Best part of the job?

Developing an idea into a completed work, that process of capturing the idea and making it tangible. Also the inspiration that these beautiful locations bring me.

Felipe's  favorites

ArtStar UNTITLED 23 by Nicole Yates


by Nicole Yates



by Briggs Solomon

ArtStar Kimmie B Charcoal


by Kimmie B



by Esteban Amaro

Favorite place to experience art out in the world?

In New York, my favorite museums are MoMA, Whitney, and Noguchi. Love Dia Beacon and Mass MoCA for the beautiful industrial spaces and large format installations. 

After living years in Milan, Triennale di Milano was my favorite museum in town. And as a Brazilian, I have to mention the MASP and MuBE, both In São Paulo, designed by Lina Bo Bardi and Paulo Mendes da Rocha - great Architecture and Exhibitions.

Noguchi Museum in NYC
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