Some designers want their work not to be seen. While they are willing and eager to determine the mood and look of a home, they may wish to achieve that without drawing attention to themselves. “When we work with an architect of this caliber, we don’t want to leave our signature or make a statement,” says Serge Castella, the Spanish interior and industrial designer. “We’re happy not to be noticed.”
Castella and his design and life partner, Jason Flinn, who collaborate on every house project for which they are commissioned, are not evincing false modesty. “We want the clients and everyone who comes here to notice the actual design of the house, the artwork on the walls, and take in the views of the sea in the distance,” says Flinn, “ but our goal was to please the client, to make a home for him and his wife and three children that feels good. Isn’t that what every interior designer should aim for?”
Castella and Flinn came to this project after the house, situated on some fifty acres of the Catalonian countryside, was completed. Architecturally, all seemed finished, inside and out. Structurally, they two changed nothing. “What we did do is change some of the uses of the spaces,” Castella points out, “and we changed some of the landscaping to better take advantage of the house’s site on a plain. But the house, as it was designed by Josep Juanpere, makes such a strong statement, aesthetically and in terms of its layout, that all felt done.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY SERGE CASTELLA
PRODUCED BY PATRICIA KETELSEN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY EUGENI PONS
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO
This story appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of MILIEU.