High above Palma in a prime position of Son Vida is a home built to capture the spectacular views of the city below. It’s a house of light and glass, steel and wood – a modern house above an ancient city. The owners, a respected Mallorcan family, have made attention to detail their priority and everything – from the colour scheme to the soft furnishings – have been chosen to create a flow and sense of harmony, bringing the outside in.
The vivacious lady of the home had a strong sense of what she wanted, so when she called on Mallorca-based designer Dan Terán, son of well known Spanish designer Paco Terán, she presented him with a file bursting with ideas collected from architectural and design magazines. She had also mapped out a floor plan with masking tape to explain where she wanted things to be.
The upper level of the house is open plan and dedicated to easy living and entertaining – something the owners do a lot of. The dining area is dominated by a large 10-seater, custom-made dining table in glass and steel. The wall is decorated with a huge fish canvas in shades of blue, which brings a touch of colour to the room and matches the sky and sea outside. This striking piece of artwork was painted by the owner himself, who paints as a hobby and is responsible for several of the gallery-quality pieces around the home.
Alongside the dining area is the kitchen, completely modern and functional in Siemens stainless steel. The cool of the steel is complemented with hand blown red glassware from Vidrierias Gordiola in Algaida. There is a smaller cosy seating area around a fireplace, which leads through to the larger TV lounge, with it super-sized plasma TV. A striking feature of this room is the huge custom made sofa and matching central table, which combines the comfort of a footstool with the convenience of a table.
At the suggestion of Dan Terán all the furniture was made and put in place before the carpets were designed. This ensured the design of the carpet could be displayed to the best advantage and not hidden under furniture. He also recommended the use of frosted glass in most of the furniture as this helps give light and also soften the effect of wood and steel.
Downstairs the four bedrooms each boast with their own colour scheme, unusual armchair and panoramic sea views. Comfort is paramount and everyone is assured a good night’s sleep with fine bed linen and matching two-tone silk curtains with blackout backing. All cupboards were custom built along with the slim bedroom cabinets, designed to discreetly house a plasma TV and BOSE ipod station. All bedrooms are ensuite with Porcelanosa fittings.
The master bedroom is certainly one of the prettiest rooms in the house and the use of pearls and ivories, silks and sheers give it a feeling of pure luxury.
Also on the lower level is a gym with spectator views that must make working out a pleasure. The lowest level is dedicated to the large pool and smaller splash pool, surrounded by teak decking. The Gandia Blasco loungers from Barcelona are in keeping with the modern comfortable feel of the house. There is also a modern Indonesian-style daybed from Paravana in Mallorca as well as two Dedon outdoor chairs and footrests in muted metallic. The metallic theme of the house is further accentuated with clay pots from Magatzem Verd that have been painted with metallic exterior paint from Leroy Merlin. Floating in the pool are two wonderfully comfortable looking soft foam pool loungers. The owner first saw them at the Delano hotel in Miami and tracked them down on the Internet.
Beautiful orchards from Magatzem Verd, both real and silk, are used to decorate sideboards and tables as well as happy photos in lovely frames from Zara Home. But, as the owners have not been in the house that long, they feel it is still lacking in detail and plan to make use of their international travels to find interesting and unusual pieces that bring colour and are an expression of who they are.