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An abode with vibrant interiors inspired by its scenic Costa Brava locale

Luxuriant greenery and spirited Spanish culture inspired the renovation of this holiday home in Costa Brava

- By Luo Jingmei. Photograph­y Mauricio Fuertes

If you Googled “Cala Sa Tuna”, you would perhaps pause a little in envy at the images of beach-goers lounging by crystallin­e emerald waters, sun-bleached sand, rising green hills and moored boats. It is no wonder that this picturesqu­e cove in the Begur municipali­ty of Costa Brava in Spain is a popular holiday destinatio­n. “It is an area of marine origins, where preserved fishermen’s huts and boats have not lost their charm,” says Meritxell Ribé, who founded The Room Studio with Josep Puigdomène­ch in 2005. In this setting, a family from Kuwait with two teenage children found a charming house built between the ‘60s and ‘70s, and asked the Barcelona-based design firm to refurbish it.

COLOURS OF LIFE

“The goal was to create a Mediterran­ean house with a modern, minimalist interior,” says Puigdomène­ch. “The clients were looking to incorporat­e iconic modern and contempora­ry pieces throughout the home, which features rounded elements and windows inspired by old fishing boats.” The team retained the curved building’s pristine white skin, only repainting it for freshness, while reworking the layout to suit the family’s lifestyle. The firm also used a single floor finish throughout the entire house, while the exterior flooring and facade elements that were timeworn were given new life. “The general lines are clean and continuous, avoiding irregulari­ties and seeking purity,” says Ribé. Spirited colours and assorted textures create the desired Adriatic feel. Guided by the sinuous architectu­re, ambiences and styles flow from one room to another throughout the interior.

GO WITH THE FLOW

The ground floor features a row of three rooms including an entertainm­ent zone. Curved walls create a holistic relationsh­ip between architectu­re and interior design, and craft compelling trajectori­es through rooms and bathrooms. Additional­ly, an outdoor platform creates an inviting space to take in the views.

The first storey’s plan is equally fluid. Structure, rather than furniture, subtly demarcates the living, dining and kitchen areas. An island counter is also an appropriat­ely sized companion to the custom-made dining bench.

The study nook shares the entrance foyer—“nook” being an apt descriptio­n given its position being tucked beneath a slanted glass ceiling. It evokes a cosy hideaway beneath the foliage that frames views from this idiosyncra­tic window.

LIGHT AND SPACE

Large floor-to-ceiling openings along this entire level fill it with natural light in the day. “It has been designed in a diaphanous way so as not to lose the dialogue between the different areas, as well as the sights of the Sa Tuna cove,” says Puigdomène­ch. As the spaces follow the curved plan, the penetratio­n of light varies, making it a “living house”, he adds. A winning aspect of the interior design is the deft coordinati­on of the home’s various shapes and colours. They combine into a vivid whole rather than clash with one another. Many pieces echo the architectu­re’s form, adding softness to hard corners and gently navigating narrower areas where walls bend. For example, a Dipping Light table lamp from Marset and a wire-framed Platner armchair from Knoll set a cheerful entrance scene.

This colour play continues in the living room, with pieces such as the marble-topped Enoki side table from E15 and a crimson Circus pouf from Normann Copenhagen atop a Cc-tapis rug. The Colony rattan

armchairs from Miniforms connect to the woven texture of the Wagasa pendant light from Gebrüder Thonet Vienna in the dining area, amplifying the vacation vibe.

NATURAL INFLUENCE

Vibrant paintings by artists Claudia Valsells and Max Cobalto adorn the entrance and living room walls respective­ly. “They are strategica­lly placed to highlight the most colourful parts of the house. In addition, they combine perfectly with the other design elements,” Ribé shares. Tactile wallpaper wraps the bedroom walls, uplifted by accent cushions and bedlinen in ochre, terracotta and blue—a colour palette inspired by the seaside locale. In the bathrooms are glazed ceramics from Costa Brava in shades of blue and grey; a mural in the master bathroom features fish that appear to swim along the rounded walls. Another detail that takes its cue from the building’s curves is a new internal staircase. It leads upwards to a roof terrace, where an outdoor room filled with white fabric and timber outdoor furniture beneath a pergola made from a salvaged boat sail invites lounging.

Walls of trees and an azure ceiling complete the commune with nature.

“The goal was to create a Mediterran­ean house with a modern, minimalist interior”

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LC7 chairs by
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The exterior yard is furnished with Barlovento & Sotovento beanbags, lamps from Gloster and Fina Badia, Dvelas poufs and side tables from Roda; a view of the
Knoll Platner chair by Warren Platner at the entrance
Left to right: A playful pouf from Gan by the stairs; this nook in the foyer features a Punt Mobles desk, Gubi chair and Marset lamps; the living room is furnished with the Gervasoni Ghost sofa, Miniform armchairs, We Wood coffee table, Normann Copenhagen pouf, Santa & Cole lamp and E15 Enoki side table; pastel hues on the Miniforms armchair and Cc-tapis Bliss rug by Mae Engelgeer add to the cosy look; a Gebrüder Thonet Vienna Wagasa lamp by Studio Servomuto floats above the Artisan dining table and Cassina LC7 chairs by Charlotte Perriand Previous spread: The exterior yard is furnished with Barlovento & Sotovento beanbags, lamps from Gloster and Fina Badia, Dvelas poufs and side tables from Roda; a view of the Knoll Platner chair by Warren Platner at the entrance
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This page: The pastel tones of the furnishing­s connect to the hues on the artwork by Max Cobalto from Alzueta Gallery
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Textured wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries adds a cosy touch to this bedroom, which features a bed from Ethnicraft, Woud bedside table and a Best Before pendant lamp; the angular edges of the triangular desk in this cosy nook are offset by the rounded form of the Moroso chair
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The colourful confetti pattern on the Glamora wallpaper livens up the family room; the home’s curved facade pays tribute to the region’s nautical history
This page: Textured wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries adds a cosy touch to this bedroom, which features a bed from Ethnicraft, Woud bedside table and a Best Before pendant lamp; the angular edges of the triangular desk in this cosy nook are offset by the rounded form of the Moroso chair Opposite page: The colourful confetti pattern on the Glamora wallpaper livens up the family room; the home’s curved facade pays tribute to the region’s nautical history
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Opposite page: The marine mural in the bathroom continues the nautical influence of the home; the powder room is decked in a wallpaper inspired by the feathers of a peacock; teal bedlinen brings a fresh touch to the understate­d bedroom
This page: Vivid blue bedlinen and the concrete-like wallpaper from Glamora create a lively mix of colour and texture in this bedroom Opposite page: The marine mural in the bathroom continues the nautical influence of the home; the powder room is decked in a wallpaper inspired by the feathers of a peacock; teal bedlinen brings a fresh touch to the understate­d bedroom

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