There are houses that do not go on the market for sale as we know it. They are taught to potential buyers among exclusive clients who are looking for much more than good qualities, luminosity and excellent location. Here we told you how the owners who belong to 1% of the rich population choose a house. But even in the most prohibitive selection, good taste is not guaranteed. At ICON DESIGN we have visited two villas that meet everything you could wish for on earth. Seahouse and Cap Adriano, both for sale, have been meticulously decorated marikondiana by the team of Balearic Terrace, with pieces of the house Minotti.
Moving to Seahouse is a simple gesture: come in and open a beer over the sea. The interior design studio that worked with the architect Achim Marwitz In this house on a cliff in Majorca, they have taken “to move in” very seriously. It costs 14 million euros and is brand new. It has been 900m2 packed with challenges and creative solutions to get to the bottom line. From the entrance itself. What could be a “super unpleasant long and narrow box”, as defined by Mariana Muñoz, owner and founder of Terraza Balear, today has become a shocking and welcoming welcome thanks to the creative work of the studio.
The metamorphosis was achieved thanks to a double height patio and several elements: a vertical garden that gives it life and light, the light oak lattice on the ceiling that gives warmth, and a large carpet with an orange touch (practically the only concession the color of the whole house, decorated in neutral tones), on which some mega-poufs of Lawrence Clan, where visitors can wait comfortably.
Cars hidden or in sight?
The entry was also the first controversial decision. And it was in the wake of cars. One of the options considered was to leave a glass door to the garage in this courtyard, as a showcase for a potential luxury mobile park, which – to Muñoz’s delight – was completely closed.
What was clear from the beginning was the general style of the interior design, “contemporary Mediterranean” and based on three pillars: “German demand, Italian design and Spanish warmth”, as Muñoz likes to describe the work of Terraza Balear. They also opted for an important presence of Minotti furniture, their fetish brand, and of whom they are exclusive distributors on the islands.
From the most recent collections of the Italian firm, you can see a whole collection on the first floor of Seahouse, where the day area has been located, decorated in natural tones and textures. The mythical seating system has been placed in the living room Alexander by Rodolfo Dordoni, the Jensen armchair and the Ring coffee table. The dining room, in an adjoining space, is designed for the lucky or lucky owner to organize meetings and meals around a wooden table, in Fil Noir chairs, by designer Christophe Delcourt, one of Minotti’s latest international signings.
The large-format black and white photographs of Balearic artists that decorate the walls do not steal the spotlight from the true backdrop of the living room –and the house in general– has its own name and color: Mediterranean. Your sight filters through the floor-to-ceiling windows and is almost touched with your hands. To enjoy it on the main terrace and in the pool area, several “resting islands” have been created with the Quadrado modular system of Marcio Kogan / studio mk27 in front of the outdoor dining room, composed of a Quadrado table and chairs Tape Cord Outdoor de Nendo.
The upper floor houses the night area, in which the rooms are located (one master, two normal and two guest apartments). The sea is also the star of the master bedroom, with an en suite bathroom and a wardrobe worthy of the Imelda Marcos shoe collection. For him, a bed to match, the Curtis by Rodolfo Dordoni, with its tall and thin headboard patterned with circles crossed by vertical lines, calling for action (and inaction), along with other pieces, also by Minotti, such as the Jacques armchair and the Noor and Duchamp coffee tables.
Terraza Balear and Marwitz have specialized in second homes for foreign clients in Mallorca, who appreciate (and pay for) the entire project. Another example of the painstaking work of this tandem is the villa located in Cap Adriano, completed in October 2018, in which the studio has taken care of the furniture and is still looking for an owner. It is a house of 800m2 with amazing views of the open sea (and direct access to a natural pool) to the port of Port Adriano, which Hugh Hefner himself would have liked as the setting for one of his parties.
Its open spaces connect the interior with the exterior through huge windows, shamelessly bringing the Mediterranean into the living room or kitchen. Again a display of Italian design present throughout the house. In the living room you can see the Tape armchair of Nendo design, a composition with the Alexander sofa, by Rodolfo Dordoni, a Leger side table, the Calder console and the Fil Noir dining chairs, by Christophe Delcourt. In the bedrooms, the Jensen armchair, the Andersen bed and the Aeron side tables (all designed by Rodolfo Dordoni).
Always in natural tones and textures and with neutral styles, very consistent with the island’s personality, to fall in love, without exception, as Muñoz explains, “from an 80-year-old man to a family or a newly married couple.” It will be a reciprocated love, yes, if they have the 12 million euros that the villa costs.