Surprises of light
«WE LIKE “FREESTYLE DESIGN” IN WHICH SPACE IS LIKE AN EMPTY PAGE ON WHICH TO ORGANIZE OUR CREATIVE IMPULSES AND THE NEEDS OF THE CLIENT».
IN THE COUNTRYSIDE OF IBIZA, A PALE VILLA WITH DRAMATIC LIGHTING IGNITES THE LANDSCAPE WITH A NOTE OF FLAMBOYANCE. CREATED BY TWO DUTCH DESIGNERS WHO LIVE ON THE ISLAND.
For the “Contemporary Tiger” villa near the village of Sant Josep de sa Talaia in Ibiza, Patrice Aaftink and Jean Marc des Bouvrie haven applied their wild imagination, in tune with that of the owners, to create a daring, luminous residence. The house was originally built in 2002: a sort of bunker, with very small windows. But the basic structure had great potential. «We decided to demolish a large portion, changing the whole infrastructure», the creative duo of Dutch origin living in Ibiza explain. «The goal was to get rid of the feeling of a fort, to give the house a new heart. The owner wanted it to be ready for summer, so we had just seven months. We organized a team of thirty specialists who worked six days a week, round the clock. The two of us lived in a nearby guesthouse». The result features two absolutely original parts, in which RGB lighting shapes the mood with striking effects. The main volume contains four bedrooms and five bathrooms, while the annex has three bedrooms and four baths, along with the living, dining and kitchen areas. Jean Marc: «We like “freestyle design” in which space is like an empty page on which to organize our creative impulses and the needs of the client. We follow a sort of aesthetic stream of consciousness, using light and color on white surfaces, favoring free, open spaces in which to insert lots of art. But this “recipe” can be applied only after we have understood the nature of the volumes: they the ideas develop about what the rooms really need. In this phase the relationship with the client becomes crucial». Custom works convey the impact of this vision. Big City Lights II, luminous sculptures by Jean Marc des Bouvrie, Bunny by Patrice Aaftink, Rio Girl by Tony Kelly, and “The Band On Wheels”, an antique piano converted as a DJ platform. A large folding door in the living area balances natural and artificial light, while the master bedrooms and bathrooms located in the “towers” play with the cylindrical profile, using round and oval forms for beds, furnishings, bathtubs and windows.