This beautiful modern apartment is situated in the coastal town of San Sebastián in northern Spain, owned and designed by Mikel Irastorza Interiors. The area is extremely close to the French border, so many of the houses in this part of the country have a profound French, turn-of-the-century influence. When the designer spotted the space he wanted, he gutted it. The most important thing for the renovation was to stay true to the early 20th century structure of the surrounding area, while still incorporating his signature style and furnishings. There are only two people living in the small apartment, so the designer decided to indulge in high-end modern goods, while still creating a livable and functional space. The pieces he selected are warm and welcoming, “I don’t think I have a particular style, to be honest,” says Irastorza. “I always try to adapt my work to the places, houses, and clients I work with. This house was my own, so it’s a bit of everything. I just knew that I wanted it to be clean and open, but also very warm.” The finished result is a home that feels harmonious and balanced — a fusion of a structure inspired by the past, and design that lives in the present.
Although the floor plan of his home is fairly open, Irastorza was able to divide the living space into multiple seating areas that serve different functions. This lengthy living area is divided into a TV viewing space at one end with a couch, and a reading space at the other end with two chaises. The couch was made in Irastorza’s workshop, while the coffee and side tables are from FLEXFORM. Both consoles are mid-century Danish pieces.
A variety of mid-century German pottery sits on top of the Danish console, accented by a vintage lamp. The primary light fixtures are Pipe, by Tom Dixon. The chaise lounges are from FLEXFORM.
“White, white, and white! I really only added pale colors — a very light mint and peach — in the bedrooms to add to the fabrics,” said Irastorza. The white pottery still manages to stand out against the home’s molded white walls, as do the vintage white wall lights from Holland. The hanging pendant is another vintage find of Irastorza’s.
The furniture and accessories Irastorza opted to use in his home are a unique mix of products that he loves, and products that he has bought all over the world. “I look mostly for things with a past —things that tell a story — and also for items from my favorite designers.”
The living room, dining room, and kitchen all remain relatively open to each other — the iron bookcase is really the only thing dividing this common living space. A clean and open space was particularly important to Irastorza, who wanted to incorporate this contemporary update into the structure of this turn-of-the-century apartment.
The combination of the bold artwork and classic furniture made the dining room Irastorza’s favorite room in his home. He found an antique French country table, which melds beautifully with the home’s golden wood floors. Chinese wooden side chairs accent the table, along with six classic Bertoia white chairs.
The amazing artwork on the wall was was a light fixture Irastorza had reworked into a sculpture to hang on the wall. The piece, found in a villa in Berlin, is covered in gold leaf. The hanging fixtures above the table are from FLOS.
A great example of Irastorza’s design style, the kitchen is extremely functional. All of the appliances are very high-end, but the space is nothing extravagant — just what is needed. All of the kitchen tiles are from the Italian tile experts at Bisazza.
Irastorza chose sink fixtures from Grohe for the kitchen, and a durable countertop material from Silestone for his sleek, white counters. The unique photograph is called “1592-4,” and is by the Korean artist Kyungwoo Chun. (How fantastic is the staging in these shots by the way? It looks like the leftovers from a late night binge.)
The open hallway lends to the light, airy, and clean feeling of the entire home. Light from a beautifully made stained-glass window fills the space. A vintage leather German chair from the ’50s and a quirky floor lamp from Spanish company Santa & Cole adds warmth.
Irastorza had a iron bookshelf installed to work as a innovative and multi-functional room divider. The different sized nooks and crannies are perfect for his wide collection of knick-knacks.
The architectural details in the main bedroom are great examples of Irastorza’s attempts to maintain 20th-century elements in the home’s structure. A understated and delicate molding at the ceiling accents the über light peach walls. Although the color is subtle, it significantly warms up what might otherwise feel like a stark room. A luxurious fur throw adds to this feel, and a chic Mies van de Rohe Barcelona chair in the corner pulls the look and color scheme together.
An authentic Moroccan rug contributes to the sense of texture in this neutrally-toned room. The chic side table is a vintage French design from the ’50s, and is highlighted by Basque, German, and Peruvian pottery. The pendant lamps — which are great alternatives to more traditional bedside lamps — are vintage German.
Irastorza chose a pale mint to highlight the walls and molding in the second bedroom of the home. A custom blue headboard complements the Ralph Lauren Home bedspread. Vintage jade-colored pendant lights, which hang daintily over a set of Danish side tables. The mirror on the wall, which is from Maxalto, is a clever way to give the illusion of a larger space.
A vintage Danish brown leather chair sits next to a French side table and old Phillips floor lamp to create a cozy window-side reading corner. The teak desk — another Danish design from the ’60s — sits away from the Moroccan rug, creating a tidy little desk area. The mint walls coincide with the green marble fireplace, adding to the room’s faint yet distinct green hue — a far cry from the stark white walls of the home’s common space.
Photos: Courtesy of Mikel Irastorza
The stately and quiet elegance of this Christmas decorated home with a beautiful restored structure in Barcelona, Spain, supports the warmly festive halo that surrounds it. The home features fun and cheerful Christmas details of natural finishes that will blends in with the decor.
Subtle Christmas Decorations: Simplicity lovers choose outside colors mixed with traditional festive decor. Natural wood and neutral tones decorate the living room.
A Versatile Lounge: This beautiful living space seems to be in constant movement and above all functional. With several auxiliary elements, with tables that can also be used as seats.
There are a mixture of coordinated styles of diversity and eclecticism, combining parts of different origin. Here a classical rug and an Alpine stool form a single corner.
Fir branches are used as a substitute for the traditional Christmas tree. Placed on a base, or even in a glass vase, decorate on their own. Aged gold and silver ornaments work great.
A Dining Room for a Special Event: For dress up party tables there are tablecloths of natural fabrics, fall to the ground. Combined with ornaments of fiber or wood and chairs that offer a very successful soft aesthetic.
Pure Simplicity in the Dining Room: Decoration based on clean and lightweight elements enrich the table. Here, a few cups of glass are used as candle holders as dim lighting for a party table. Placed on heart-shaped coasters, the result is perfect.
The kitchen highlights the successful combination of materials: wood, steel and marble.
The dining room and kitchen are open to each other for convenience when entertaining.
The bedroom, a private retreat: The master bedroom was installed in one of the most beautiful rooms of the house. Independent by an impressive wooden and glass door, it boasts beautiful wood, a wonderful mosaic floor and unique moldings.
A desk in the gazebo: As well as showing off a surprising structure, this room has a warm annex by way of a vantage point, ideal to locate the work area.
Advent wreath: A heart as an advent wreath decorates the bedroom door.
Bathroom with pieces of the past: The old spirit of the house is reflected with intensity in the bathroom where, without forgetting modern conveniences, opted for a retro deco look with vintage, painting the walls with cobalt blue and using an old style curtain rod.
Photos: Mi Casa
This unique home was once an old commercial property, a toy store, then went on to become an ultra-modern house with an amazing layout in Barcelona, Spain. Architecture studio Egue y Seta was commissioned for the reform of the project as well as the interior design. They left the essential walls, renovated facilities and combined warm materials such as iroko and oak woods , with other loft aesthetics, such as concrete, brick and galvanized sheet metal.
Glass is the key material in the reform, which directly influences the organization of space. It is mostly used in the facade, so that natural light takes the leading role. Behind the facade of glass, two fronts of vertical oak slats provide privacy on both sides of the entrance door, flanked by two walls that give life to the house. These shrubs, alongside a real indoor garden, featuring local species and bed of pine bark, forming a green triangle that provides a natural setting environment, something made possible by the special layout of the house.
To the right of the entrance are the common areas, an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. A sunken living room was a solution for achieving spaciousness, as the difference in level creates the illusion of distance with the dining room when, in fact, they are close.
The walls are enhanced by contrasting brick wall and gray paint. The original wrought ceiling with beams was left exposed and galvanized steel ducts for air conditioning and heating was added.
The bedroom, is separated from two totally glazed volumes: the bathroom and indoor garden located in front of the entrance. Privacy is redefined as well in this house inhabited by a childless couple. In return, the owner’s can enjoy the central garden, as without a wall between the sleeping area and the bathroom, the bedroom is designed as a suite.
Photos: Mi Casa
Beautiful remnants of stone houses, courtyards full of flowers and the smell of fire between winding cobblestone streets, describes the location of this stone cottage near Sepúlveda, a village in the province of Segovia, Spain. Upon entrance to this welcoming home you are greeted with perfect simplicity centered around decorative details, memories and warm fabrics, designed by Lola Rodríguez and Eugenia Mateos.
The home has been renovated in a rustic style, retaining the traditional flavor of natural materials as protagonists, but not forgetting the accessories with color, bold prints and certain isolated pieces of retro air. A mixture — which alone works beautifully — harmonized under the cloak of white as the predominant color. The warm notes are necessary in combating the cold winters of the area, were achieved thanks to solid wood furniture , numerous area rugs covering the floor, cushions, and chunky knit blankets and faux fur throws.
Rustic living room in red and white. The white works as a lighting resource in public areas; dominates fabrics, accessories and even the paint on the roof beams to achieve a fair balance with original stone walls.
The restoration of the house are two very different trends; downstairs there are almost no partitions in the quest to open common spaces, the first floor was bricked up in order to achieve complete privacy resulting in spacious bedrooms, each one with the integrated bathroom. In any case, the common thread on both floors is a calm, bright decor and, above all, very comfortable with indigenous materials as the center of attention.
Every corner is careful and well thought out; public areas have integrated workspace and places to store things.
The feeling of surrounding fire is warm, comfortable and inviting in winter.
The home features stone walls, terracotta floors, windows and solid wood shutters. Next to the windows, the dining room has plenty of natural light.
Everything fits into the decor of the dining room, the table set country respects the same predominant line, with accessories made from natural materials such as linen, iron or wood.
The kitchen combines the traditional feel of the area with the technological advances of the twenty-first century. Thus, we find furniture and wooden cabinets work great co-existing with state of the art appliances.
The original sloping ceilings, hardwood and exposed beams, adds a strong personality to bedrooms. Seating areas are placed under the new skylights to create small private observatories in each bedroom. Overlapping rugs and striking mix of prints and colors in textiles complete that casual air.
Photos: Mi Casa
The House at Jardin del Sol project, designed by Corona + P. Amaral Architects is a monolithic concrete and glass house over a timber platform located at the edge of a cliff in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The unique site and shape of the 4,186 square foot (388.97 square meters) house was developed in order to enjoy the amazing views of the 300 meters cliff, a 100 meters long black sand beach, mount Teide and all the north coast of Tenerife island.
Bedroom and service areas are located in a one-storey rectangular volume which enters into a double high volume containing the living-room, studio and kitchen. Both volumes organize an L-shape around the black paddle located at the edge of the platform so water surface gets mixed with the one of the sea, so all the areas of the house enjoy the views underlined by wood and water.
The interior and exterior finishing of the closed volume consists in treated concrete while complete walls are used in the facades facing the views. Protection is solved with timber shuts in the bedroom area and outside canvas stores in the living room.
A gym is located in the basement with direct access from the terrace and views to the inside through a glass wall.
A steel and wood freestanding canopy provides shadow to the central part of the terrace. Gardening, based in the use of local cliff species, is located in the slope between the street and the built volume so the house seems to be inserted into the natural cliff .
Photos: Roland Halbe, José Ramón Oller
Casa 115 is an incredible modern dwelling that is surrounded by a mountainous landscape in Pollença, Spain and has been designed by Miquel Àngel Lacomba. The home showcases incredible outdoor living spaces, sensational views of the rugged terrain with the ocean in the distance and sliding glass doors that opens the interior up to the exterior, blurring the lines between indoors and out. The interiors features modern, clean lines and a neutral color palette that works harmoniously throughout.
Photos: Mauricio Fuertes
This cozy and comfortable remodeled home in Madrid, Spain is that of interior designer Sofía Calleja, owner of the firm SCV. The home gives off a fresh and fun ambiance, a credit to the designer’s personal style. Built some thirty years ago and renovated on several occasions according to the needs of each moment, today the distribution is divided into a ground floor, where there is an open plan living area comprised of the kitchen and living room, while above are the bedrooms, with a terrace. To bring the garden inside, large windows were used throughout as well as plenty of mirrors that multiply the views and clarity.
Capturing the light precisely, was another of the priorities of Sofía Calleja. Using chromatic range is quiet and bright, “I tried to use colors that are not tired to look at and transmit serenity. Only the bedrooms have included red, energy permeating the relaxed atmosphere.” Extraordinarily white surfaces — such as the entryway or staircase — and the dominance of toasted tones in the lounge and the dining room achieves this objective.
As for the furniture, the designer created a balanced mix of contemporary design in the combination and use of materials and finishes, as well as in the shape of the pieces: some refined and others classic. Many of these furnishings and accessories are original designs and can be found in SCV, the designer’s studio and showroom in Madrid. There is also space for antiques, such as the Biedermeier desk lounge, Louis XV armchairs or small details found in auction markets and fairs. Findings that add warmth, beauty and uniqueness to the comfort and relaxation that the whole family enjoys here. This was one of the dreams of Sofía Calleja, which she has more than fulfilled.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
House in La Moraleja an incredible modern residence that has been designed by Dahl Architects + GHG Architects for their clients in La Moraleja, Spain. The architects were given the task to design a permanent residence for a family of five on a spacious plot of land that contains a circular wall allowing the residents to enjoy the outdoor spaces with privacy. Upon entrance to the imposing home, contemporary open spaces offer the residents areas to conjugate, such as a library, games room, dining room, guest bedroom and service area. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms with patios, a gym and study. One of the requested requirements was that all rooms and social areas should have landscape views, open to the garden area, the view should never be to the street, despite the reduced front and the need for functional independence of program areas, parents, children, guests, social and service areas.
In a generic world, increasingly away from nature, this house was projected combining the uniqueness of the place with the express wishes of the client who wants to protect his privacy but remain in permanent contact with the outside world as a private space. Wishes that in time and space are hardly compatible.
To achieve the desired privacy a circular wall that surrounds the rear of the house has been designed, it creates a series of private patios protected from the public outdoor space, blurring and expanding the actual limits of the plot.
The access is hidden away between the parallel walls, it generates an intricate walk leading you to the entrance courtyard where the house shows its true magnitude.
Every element is ordered around a set of intersecting axes in plant on the circular wall, articulating public and private areas around outdoor space, this appears as an extension of their own construction.
In the opposite side, the house is open like a Light explosion and visual connections to the private garden areas, it plays with the reflect of water sheet.
Photographs: Alfonso Quiroga
Spotted on Nuevo Estilo, this stunning dwelling situated on the interior of Mallorca island, Spain, but close to the sea, is full of children during the summer. It is an elongated, bright and comfortable pavilion that shares land with another family home, previously raised on the farm. Amid the Mediterranean mountains, building becomes part of the landscape with spaces where the inside-outside boundary is blurred. The home consists of an entrance, living room, everything together in a large area, and a long corridor along which are arranged bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen is in a separate module.
The porch is extended by a long terrace with a swimming pool. Jorge Gamir Fonseca and Emilio Casares Gamir, of the studio Tasvalor Arquitectura, were in charge of the project. The concept behind the entire layout of the house is intentional play of shadows under the volumes, “which casts light flared white concrete cover which covers the whole house and blankets it with light,” explains Jorge Gámir. Some strategically open holes allow the passage of light, which filters, blurs, floods or model surfaces, subtly separated by glass walls and in which continuous woven paneling in natural and warm colors have been used to accompany this pleasant and light flow.
This beautiful Mediterranean home is situated on the island of Formentera in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. With rustic modern charm, this home exudes warmth and invites you to sit down and stay awhile. The summer home features white washed walls, lots of wood and rattan and natural textures, decor and accessories. This sensational property was discovered in the portfolio of the talented Barcelona based photographer Enrique Menossi.
Photos: Enrique Menossi