An ibizan shop owner and designer has built a reputation for transforming uninviting and run-down houses into desirable and architecturally innovative homes. A recent project has turned a very ordinary building into a spacious Modernist-style property using cool materials, expanses of glass and interesting changes of volume. Palm trees surround the two storey coastal property, which has marvelous views over a bay and ancient castle. White-painted walls predominate, but natural-colored polished-plaster finishes cover some walls and the chunky, smooth platforms used as bed-heads and space dividers.
Fond of a broad range of Asian artifacts, the owner has placed stools, chairs, plant-holders, and even small boats throughout the house, relying on their naturalistic shapes and colours for both functional and decorative effect. The mixture of window shapes, from a tall and narrow to shallow and wide, creates an interesting play of light throughout the house. Bedrooms are removed from the public areas, and the kitchen is set behind a row pillars off the main living-room, in a cool recess. Above all, the designer’s use and control of natural light is the outstanding feature of this most covet-able home.