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Mainstay of Spain

A family from northern Europe retreats often to a home that embodies classic Mallorcan architectural traditions.

Some families not only live well together, but also appreciate good design together. Such is the case with the large Scandinavian family who own and share this recently renovated home near the lovely Spanish Mallorcan village of Deià. The family members use the island home as a regular getaway property when they seek the sun and warmth of southern Europe. To ensure that the substantial renovation of the structure would be done well and with sensitivity, they hired Moredesign, a local design practice known for its commitment to honoring Mallorcan architectural traditions.

“Our team had to make sure the house could accommodate multiple needs with people coming and going, while creating an intelligent yet simple and beautiful space,” says designer Manuel Villanueva. “The family is design-savvy and were very much involved in the process,” he says. “The result blends a Nordic minimalism with Mallorcan accents.”

Villanueva explains that the house is one of a group of properties in town that date to the thirteenth century, when Cistercian monks established a monastery in the area. As the monastic complex evolved, a watchtower was erected and additions were made until early in the twentieth century when two houses, including this one, were built. A rather “heartless, dull” addition, according to Villanueva, was added onto the house in the 1970s, which he and his design partner, Oro del Negro, proceeded to transform and reorient.

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY ORO DEL NEGRO AND MANUEL VILLANUEVA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GREG COX/BUREAUX

WRITTEN BY NOREEN JOHNSON

 

This story appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of MILIEU.