MOVES LIKE JAGGER
DESIGNER JADE JAGGER TRADES HER ROCK ’N’ ROLL LIFESTYLE FOR A QUIET, SUN-FILLED RETREAT ON THE MEDITERRANEAN ISLAND OF FORMENTERA
Jade Jagger’s postcard-perfect home on the Spanish island of Formentera is made for relaxation
Jade Jagger was introduced to Formentera, the smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean, by author and artist Hjordis Fogelberg, who grew up on nearby Ibiza. And when she arrived by boat, back in 2000, Jade couldn’t believe the untouched island was so close to its infamous party-centric neighbour.
“It seemed like a fantasy island that I didn’t even know existed,” says Jade, the only daughter of Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger’s marriage to Bianca Jagger. “It was so wild and untouched.” Following that initial visit, she returned to Formentera regularly from her London home, often bringing her daughters – Assisi, now 26, and Amba, now 22 – with her, camping on the secluded beach. “We would barbecue meals as the sun set,” she says, “and we’d often come in winter and go for long walks through the large stones up by the lighthouses.”
It made sense then, that when a run-down, rambling 1950s house became available on the island just four years ago, Jade and her husband Adrian Fillary snapped it up. It was the same year their son Ray Emmanuel was born, so the desire for a private escape had reached a new high.
“I think every house I’ve ever bought has been run-down,” says Jade, who has established her own professional credentials as a jewellery designer, model and, most recently, interior designer. “This Formentera house was stuck in its past. The owner had built it under the Franco regime and it had not been updated one bit, not even the electrics or the water pipes. It just had that historical ambience. The interior hadn’t been touched for years, which gave us a chance to not only see how the exposed environment a ected the interior but also impose our taste on a renovation. I loved its feel – pockets of privacy everywhere, and a rooftop terrace from which to enjoy the view.”
Her previous homes were the stu of rock ’n’ roll indulgence, but this time Jade wanted to maintain the natural vibe of the island, which is just over 80 square kilometres in size and has a permanent population of around 12,000. She set about filling the space with pieces inspired by the natural surrounds.
“We really wanted to keep things simple – fabrics from India, hardwood four-poster beds and un-precious furniture made in the local vernacular,” she says, taking inspiration from the wood-thatched ceilings made from the local savin juniper tree, a common material in these Balearic farmhouses. Lamps from Morocco take on a dramatic patina in the salty sea air, and contrast with the only true giveaway of Jade’s previous party-girl persona – a large disco ball hanging in the outdoor sitting area.
A few favourite things, such as a chess set and a painting by Piers Jackson, the father of Jade’s two daughters, have made the migration to Formentera, but this idyllic home is ostensibly
pared-back and climate-ready for the environment in which it sits. Most of the furnishings were in fact salvaged from a garage sale in an old finca (country house) on Ibiza and shipped over.
Jade admits to feeling a little guilty in updating things. “I felt like I was wrenching some of the house’s old charm away from it,” she says. “It’s sad in a way, but houses, like people, evolve, don’t they?”
Aside from rewiring and re-plumbing the entire property, Jade did little to modernise it structurally. The addition of cement tiles from Popham Design in Marrakech is a common thread and continues from the outdoor areas right through the house, while the main bathroom was updated with a traditional pedestal sink and claw-foot bath. Here, dazzling bursts of blue were added to the floor and wall tiles.
Elsewhere, exposed shelving was added to the kitchen, where traditional wooden doors contrast with stainless-steel appliances and glossy stone benchtops.
Beyond the concrete garden wall, a wild collection of cacti amassed by the previous owner leads the curious wanderer down a meandering path to a deserted private beach. “The view and cactus gardens are so important to the house’s intrinsic charm that you don’t want to clutter it with too much decoration,” says Jade.
Sitting on the roof, watching the light show as the sun sets, the ocean’s calm, constant presence makes it hard to believe anything in the world could be better than being right here, right now.
For Jade, her Formentera home has inspired her to extend her art collection, and she hopes to display more of it on the house’s walls. “I’m moving closer towards my desire to bring more art into my life,” she says. “A place like this is a very good way to make sure that happens.”
EXTERIOR Jade Jagger (right) relaxes with a friend on the rooftop terrace of her island getaway. OUTDOOR DINING AREA (opposite) A majestic pair of date palms and the house’s white walls shelter this space from the prevailing winds. Jade sourced the cushions in Goa, India.