Designers: Javier Mariscal and Fernando Salas Concept With the rooms we were trying to create a private, welcoming space with its own personality, able to evoke sensations, provide stimuli … We were not just going for an exercise in style or futurism. On the contrary, we wanted an anonymous character, not too designery, so it could age well. Another of the project’s musts was for it to be easy to manage without huge costs. The layout was based on functionality, integrating uses into a single space, and for visual perspectives. In the decoration we saw surprise, fantasy, contrasts of textures and colour… Description The space concept came from the need for various functions to share a limited space: bedroom, desk, living room and bathroom. In the design process, the bathroom grew until it took over the whole room. This is why the two ceramic surfaces on the bathroom floor and wall extend into the room, widening the range of this material. With the same reasoning, the washbasin surround has two surfaces, and the shower gives long visual perspectives. To give a fulldepth view into the space from the bed itself it has been set against the façade. This then means that light natural comes from behind ideal for reading and floods the whole area. Between the bedroom and the bathroom is the living area where the divider, with its Corian surface, has a double function. The living room has a formicaclad unit that houses the bar, the fridge and the audiovisual equipment, while in the bathroom formica is used as a washbasin and surround area and there is a generous shelf for towels. The living area is furnished with Coconut chairs by George Nelson for Vitra, the Swiss table by De Padova, the AJ lamp by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen, and the Stone carpet by Diego Fortunato for Nani Marquina. One side of the bedroom opposite the ceramic wall has been covered with wooden trellis, backlit, to make it seem like there is an outdoor space, perhaps a courtyard or a terrace, hidden behind it. On the desk, against the trellis, is the Aluminium Chair by Charles and Ray Eames from Vitra, and the Daphine lamp by Tomasso Cimini for Luminia. In the entryway, the wardrobes are hidden behind a formica panel with a large flower pattern, work of Mariscal. Opposite this an ash panel tinted toasted saffron leads to the bathroom. Inside the bathroom, the only closed area is the toilet and bidet cubicle, and by backlighting it through an ashwood trellis it turns into a huge lamp. The back surface of the mirror supports the plasma screen TV, and is fitted with the Nomad light by Modular and the Rifle magnifying mirror by Ágape.
Hall and corridor In the foyer, a circular wall covered with sheets of goldanodised aluminium houses the Cactus sculpture by Javier Mariscal, there to greet our guests. Access to the rooms is along a formicaclad corridor pierced with lit showcases, really transparent light boxes, that exhibit objects to entertain guests while they make their way to their rooms. The Cactus sculpture is a work of Javier Mariscal. Made from corian in various colours, it rests on a double stainless steel platform and was created in the Eusebio Sánchez workshop in Valladolid.
Published on Feb 17, 2010