CARTE BLANCHE

Teresa Sapey’s home is a de­signer mas­ter­piece bathed in light and bold strokes of white.

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Teresa Sapey’s home is a de­signer mas­ter­piece bathed in light and bold strokes of white.

teresa Sapey, an Ital­ian ar­chi­tect and de­signer based in Madrid, has had a ca­reer de­sign­ing for lux­ury clients span­ning over 25 years. Chief among them are brands such as Bul­gari, Citroen and Dis­ney, and she has been con­ferred awards by Ar­chi­tec­tural Di­gest, Wall­pa­per and Elle, to name a few.

The Span­ish city she calls home is also where the ma­jor­ity of Teresa’s works are sited, in­clud­ing her very own home, Casa Teresa Sapey.

Lo­cated in Los Jeron­i­mos, one of the most exclusive neigh­bour­hoods in the cap­i­tal, Teresa’s abode is a mi­cro­cosm of her world. The walls, floors and spa­ces are con­ceived as a white can­vas upon which she can cre­ate her mas­ter­piece.

“I own a lot of fam­ily fur­ni­ture and fur­ni­ture de­signed by me. I also have a

col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art, as well as paint­ings. I wanted to bring them to­gether in­side a white con­tainer where I can dis­play them, but at the same time, I wanted it to be a place where I can feel re­laxed,” Teresa ex­plains.

The 1,615sqf apart­ment oc­cu­pies the top floor of a five-storey block fac­ing Re­tiro Park. The spa­cious liv­ing room en­joys stun­ning views over­look­ing the park and there is a dis­tinct gallery feel to it. The walls, floors, ceil­ings and even fur­ni­ture are al­most en­tirely white. Against this white back­drop is a com­po­si­tion com­pris­ing mod­ern and an­tique fur­ni­ture in a mix of styles and colours.

The orig­i­nal guest room­cum-study was con­verted into a din­ing room. This is, again, an eclec­tic show­case of fur­ni­ture and art pieces from dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods, en­veloped within a stark white en­clo­sure.

Teresa per­son­alised the kitchen with a hor­i­zon­tal band of bright yel­low that sweeps across the kitchen work­top and con­tin­ues ver­ti­cally up the wall di­rectly be­hind it. “The kitchen is char­ac­terised by prac­ti­cal­ity,

Against this white back­drop is a com­po­si­tion com­pris­ing mod­ern and an­tique fur­ni­ture.

func­tion­al­ity and warm colours,” says Teresa. “And as with all good Ital­ians, Illy cof­fee and De Cecco pasta,” she adds.

The main bed­room was de­signed to be more pri­vate and in­ti­mate. This is ex­pressed through the use of an­other pal­ette of colours, ma­te­ri­als and fur­ni­ture. The floor, up un­til then white, was car­peted in a colour­ful rug de­signed by Teresa, which con­tin­ues into the bath­room. This re­ver­sal is ac­cen­tu­ated by the white bed, bed linen and head­board that play up the con­trast with the rest of the vi­brant fur­ni­ture, ob­jects and art in the bed­room.

Teresa re­veals that the de­sign of her home is some­what dif­fer­ent from the rest of her projects. “My house is for me, my­self and I. It is my planet where I dis­con­nect and where I keep my mem­o­ries.”

Teresa’s din­ing ta­ble and chairs are from Heir­loom, com­ple­mented by a Mu­rano ceil­ing lamp over­head.

Casa Teresa Sapey was a house that Teresa rented and com­pletely re­fur­bished and dec­o­rated ac­cord­ing to the way she wanted it.

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