FEA­TURES Mal­lorca breeze

De­signer Car­men Pu­jol of Ter­raza Balear has cre­ated a light, sooth­ing in­te­rior for Villa Ben­d­i­nat, a con­tem­po­rary res­i­dence next to the Mediter­ranean.

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Car­men Pu­jol has cre­ated a light, sooth­ing in­te­rior for Villa Ben­d­i­nat, a Mediter­ranean con­tem­po­rary res­i­dence

Whether it’s a ma­jes­tic sun­rise emerg­ing from the sea or the bold pal­ette of hues as the sun gen­tly fades, the views from Villa Ben­d­i­nat pro­vide the ul­ti­mate in­vi­ta­tions to es­cape.

“The spec­tac­u­lar site has views over Ben­d­i­nat Cas­tle, the pres­ti­gious golf course and the whole bay of Palma – a blueprint for the spirit of Mal­lorca. Each de­tail of this project has been de­signed to con­nect with the spirit of the is­land,” says Car­men Pu­jol, Ter­raza Balear’s lead in­te­rior de­signer for the project.

The new 1232 m² res­i­dence, lo­cated just above the Real Golf de Ben­d­i­nat golf course in the ex­clu­sive Ben­d­i­nat area of Mal­lorca, was cre­ated by lead ar­chi­tect Miguel Are­nas and lead in­te­rior de­signer Car­men Pu­jol, who worked with her in­cred­i­bly tal­ented team at Ter­raza Balear.

“In this project, trans­parency seems to have been the keyword. Airy, light-filled rooms with plenty of space con­nect­ing the in­side with the out­side give it a feel­ing of open­ness,” ex­plains Pu­jol.

Ter­raza Balear, known for its ded­i­ca­tion to all ar­eas of the in­te­rior – from de­signer fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories to in­te­rior de­sign – has a his­tory of work­ing on lux­ury prod­ucts in the area.

“We are well-known for cre­at­ing liv­ing spa­ces in nat­u­ral and com­plete har­mony with the souls of those who will en­counter the spa­ces,” ex­plains Pu­jol. “We cre­ate houses with el­e­gance and com­fort, based on a so­phis­ti­cated de­sign con­cept in con­nec­tion with na­ture and the Mediter­ranean life­style. When we look at each project we agree that our pas­sion for what we do is the real engine that al­low us to en­joy the process as much as the out­come.”

De­signed with an open plan to bring na­ture in­doors and cre­ate a re­lax­ing space for stylish liv­ing and en­ter­tain­ing, Pu­jol cre­ated a plan that high­lighted the show-stop­ping ar­chi­tec­ture of the house.

“The liv­ing area con­sists of only one big room; there are no doors sep­a­rat­ing the liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen zones. Celling-high glass doors are nearly frame­less and fold away or slide into the walls. Slim white col­umns sup­port the sea-fac­ing façades of the build­ing, [and are] double-high above the seat­ing area to give it even more space. The im­pres­sion is breath-tak­ing,” she re­flects.

Her plan: “For us, the task was to cre­ate a con­nec­tion be­tween all the rooms and link them to­gether. This seems to be quite ob­vi­ous but with such a big space it’s easy to lose con­nec­tion. I used neu­tral colours and unim­pos­ing fur­ni­ture to give the apart­ment an el­e­gant look. The house does not only have ex­tra­or­di­nary qual­i­ties in terms of de­sign but also in terms of liv­ing ‘bi­en­es­tar’, as we call it in Spain. Ar­riv­ing at home should have the wow-fac­tor, as well as a to­tally nat­u­ral sense of com­fort. All the fur­ni­ture pieces make a bold state­ment but at the same time are sim­ple and un­clut­tered, without curves or dec­o­ra­tion.”

An in­te­gral part of this com­fort was the wel­com­ing, day­dream-in­duc­ing fur­nish­ings, such as Flex­form’s Ground­piece mod­u­lar sofa, Soft Dream sofa, Feel Good din­ing chairs and arm­chairs, Fly and Tris cof­fee tables, Jiff din­ing ta­ble, Gus­cio arm­chair, Ce­stone daybed and Feel Good bed, de­signed by An­to­nio Cit­te­rio.

“The Flex­form brand is world-fa­mous for so­fas with soft, large cush­ions, rep­re­sent­ing its stylis­tic sig­na­ture, and great care goes into the qual­ity of the feath­ers and down that they con­tain,” says Pu­jol. “While the ex­cel­lence of the prod­ucts is re­lated to man­u­fac­tur­ing qual­ity, it is equally true that the great com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage of Ital­ian de­sign is beauty,” she ex­plains.

“In this project, trans­parency seems to have been the keyword.” - Car­men Pu­jol

Through­out the whole house, which fea­tures only white walls, Ter­raza Balear used oak wooden floors through­out – in­clud­ing in the bath­rooms – and only one more wood for all built-in fur­ni­ture: wal­nut. These re­stric­tions give it an el­e­gance that’s fur­ther em­pow­ered by the colour pal­ette of the tex­tiles. Soft earthy tones – sand­stone, weath­ered grey, ter­ra­cotta red – re­flect the land­scape of the is­land, and the all-nat­u­ral colours without pat­terns make the am­bi­ence calm and re­lax­ing.

It was dif­fi­cult for Pu­jol to choose only one area as her most cov­eted, but she re­ally fell in love with the out­side space.

“The whole ter­race is like a big out­door liv­ing room; we chose a clas­sic sofa and ta­ble to fur­nish it. Two big poufs add a re­laxed hol­i­day feel­ing to the am­bi­ence. The stone façade of the house is con­trasted by strong white el­e­ments – like the bal­cony on the first floor, which also works as sun-pro­tec­tion for the din­ing area of the main ter­race. A long ta­ble seats eight and a cus­tom-made out­door kitchen is good fun for sum­mer meals.”

Given their pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion to all things beau­ti­ful, it’s no sur­prise that the duo’s next step is to bring their sin­gu­lar style to the heart of the home. Pu­jol says, “We think the kitchen is the heart and pro­tag­o­nist of the home, so in or­der to com­ple­ment our over­all in­te­rior and ar­chi­tec­ture de­sign ser­vice we are in­tro­duc­ing kitchen de­sign into our fu­ture projects so that the whole space speaks the same lan­guage,” says Pu­jol. We can’t wait to see.

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