A complete renovation tailor-made for a new life
In the living-dining room, the blue tone requested by the owner stands out, due to its Mediterranean connotations.
There are interior design projects that enhance the value of personalization right from the front door, and this is one of them. It is part of the magic of an integral reform, the ability to create a customized home, in this case, for a homeowner who is starting a new stage in her life. The interior design studio Tinda's Project knows a lot about listening to what the client needs and feels. "It is a process that accompanies the evolution of the work, in a close atmosphere, with the idea of bringing out the best in the person to capture...View more
There are interior design projects that enhance the value of personalization right from the front door, and this is one of them. It is part of the magic of an integral reform, the ability to create a customized home, in this case, for a homeowner who is starting a new stage in her life.
The interior design studio Tinda's Project knows a lot about listening to what the client needs and feels. "It is a process that accompanies the evolution of the work, in a close atmosphere, with the idea of bringing out the best in the person to capture it in their home", explains Eva Mesa, interior designer and co-founder of the studio.
The almost 200 square meters of this penthouse in the upper area of Barcelona were completely refurbished with a new layout that responds to the desires for "plenty of light and very large and open spaces for sharing, based on very timeless lines".
The house, with a rectangular floor plan, complies with the highly recommended layout of separating the two main areas from a central entrance. In this case, the rest area is located to the right of the entrance hall, coinciding with the rear façade and, therefore, the quieter area, and the social area is accessed to the left of the entrance and overlooks the street.
In this refurbishment the aim was to maintain the role of the entrance hall as such, that is to say, as a welcoming space and at the same time the backbone of the rest of the rooms. As soon as you enter, you can already perceive the neutral base of materials and shades that will act as a guiding thread throughout the project, highlighting the luminosity it receives thanks to the fact that the passage to the large living room with a terrace has no doors. The parquet flooring chosen for the entire flat in a very light tone also helps.
The armchair in the entrance hall is the studio's design, custom-made, and the main piece of furniture has been designed and manufactured 'ex profeso' for the project, all in a very modern line that includes the two lamps, and where the carpet is also custom-made.
The three rooms that make up this area - living room, dining room, and kitchen - total almost 60 square meters and have been visually designed as a single open space. It could be said that each room, in turn, is clearly defined by a particular element. The living room is delimited from the dining room by a structural pillar that has been clad in a mirror to integrate its presence more intimately, while the reflection on all four sides offers a play of planes that enhances the luminosity. The kitchen is delimited by a large glass door, a very good option for those seeking physical separation but at the same time a visual connection.
In the living-dining room, the blue tone that the owner requested stands out especially, "for its Mediterranean connotations that she likes so much", standing out above the predominantly neutral palette. Tinda's Project focused on a custom-made sofa with chaise-longue upholstered in an elegant velvet whose fabric offers a successful play of waters, the same material that dresses the dining room chairs.
The detail of the colour blue is also found in some decorative accessories, as well as in the edging of the poufs next to the coffee table and in the totem-type dining room unit, designed by the studio, which for this project has incorporated wood in a blue finish combined with the lacquered white and the mirror at the back of the unit that visually expands the space.
The location of the television has been resolved with an Italian-designed piece of furniture between the two large balcony doors, creating the visual effect of having the monitor suspended. In this way, it can be viewed from the sofa as well as from the dining room and even the kitchen.
The kitchen, which can also be accessed through a door next to the entrance hall, has been laid out in an L-shape with custom-made furniture in a range of whites that combine perfectly with the light parquet flooring and the Silestone worktop with a marble finish. The ensemble creates a very luminous ambience enhanced by the direct light from the terrace.
The considerable dimensions of the kitchen have also made it possible to have an island in the central area designed with a double function: a cooking area and an informal dining table. And parallel to it, in the ceiling, an inverted pit has been installed to conceal the extractor hood, creating an original play of heights. From the kitchen, there is direct access to the gallery that houses the laundry area.
The terrace, measuring over 30 meters square, has been divided into two ambiences -a dining room for six people and a relaxation area featuring two deckchairs- under the complicated open structure of the building that made it necessary to play with different awning solutions to protect it from sunny and rainy days. For the floor, a specific outdoor decking was chosen and the entire outermost perimeter has been fitted with planters containing different species of plants that offer a certain degree of intimacy. The project for this leafy and pleasant urban landscaping is the work of Manuel Maíllo, co-founder of the studio, together with Eva Mesa.
To the right of the entrance hall is a corridor that leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom, which is also used as a guest toilet. Once again, neutral and elegant tones have been chosen, highlighting the texture of the wall cladding, as well as the worktop, which had to be made to measure due to the size of the bathroom. Its continuous design narrows from side to side to provide a point of support for decorative accessories, etc., reserving a wider part for the base of the washbasin, a shape that was duplicated at the bottom for the towels.
The other striking space in this project, next to the living room, is the suite: "We were looking for something out of the ordinary", explains the interior designer, and they found it in the geometric shapes and black touches. In keeping with the timeless tone of an overall neutral base, the license to combine black with white in the owner's bedroom enhances the classically elegant effect. Thus, striking black lines frame the headboard, vanity unit, and dresser, all custom-made from lacquered wood.
The striking geometric design of the velvety upholstery of the headboard and the pouf-shoe rack is continued in the bathroom cladding, also in black and white. "A union between the two spaces is sought through geometry which, in turn, generates a very sophisticated visual dynamism", describes Eva Mesa.
The half-height wall in the bidet and washbasin area -which conceals the latter's cistern- has also been clad in geometry, leaving the upper part to frame an apt phrase in the manner of a personal mantra.
Although situated on the opposite side of the house and owing to the height of the attic, the suite also boasts great luminosity thanks to the two large windows it has, the result of the union of two old rooms. To allow this natural light to filter into the bathroom, a light and very discreet frosted glass door were chosen.
Details such as the ceiling coving that frames the bedroom space and the dressing room with hanging lamps, as well as the made-to-measure furniture that hides the radiator, are details that further enhance the distinction of this suite that is personalised for the owner of this flat.