Carina Nilsson, the Swedish founder of Palma Markets, has a quality-first approach to her customer’s demands: “I always ask my client what they are looking for and what kind of life they want on the island” she tells abcMallorca, but she is also uncompromising in this interview phase: “Sometimes people have a vision of how a special part of Palma is what would suit their needs and I show them another part since my conclusion is more suitable for what they say they want.” This is where Carina’s eye and experience come into full force.
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The property market in Mallorca is hard work in all possible ways, she says, but through her vision and collaborations with other leading estate agents, Palma Markets delivers bespoke dream homes.
A perfect example of this is their Bonanova property, four luxurious apartments with amazing views for the type of modern client that enjoys living in the city, but doesn’t need to leave home when the sun is shining, thanks to spectacular outdoor spaces with pool and sunbeds.
It’s the focus on the clients’ wishes and lifestyle, more than any specific design feature or area, that sets Palma Markets apart, as well as the attention to detail from concept to construction, design to implementation. “Selling separate sofas or tables is just a service but to make a home for someone and make it in a homely, cool and fashionable area to live in is a kind of art,” says Carina, who is a trained interior designer and has a hand in all phases, while confessing she enjoys the selling side too.
Covering so many bases requires collaboration however, and some of Palma Markets’ main partners are top architect Miguel Martínez de Campos, construction company Zalmoxis owned by Ionel Puiu Mustatea (their collaboration is so common they’ve named it “Casa Nostra” so people don’t get confused), in-house consultancy Paris Palma Art Advisory lead by art specialist Claire Alliot Soto and garden architect Benita Garcia with her company Greenup.
These and other collaborations came together to deliver a future true gem of Santa Catalina; an array of exclusive homely apartments and penthouses close to the mercado and restaurant mecca that you find in Santa Catalina, a combination of Scandinavian and Mallorcan style in the very upper hippie area that indulges and seduces with magical views of Cathedral and marina.
Carina is always careful to link projects to the local context: “We always invite our clients to maintain the Mallorcan style, to not lose the style of the island, which is one of the reasons we all want to live here,” she says while talking of another project, this time in Sant Feliu, one of the most famous streets in Palma were Palma Markets sold a city palace and works with the client developing the property with Casa Nostra. Here the traditional entrance is reinterpreted in a new style inviting you to sit and relax when arriving home, all achieved through high-quality materials and that unique blend of Scandinavian style with a New York and Mallorcan touch. Inside, wooden herringbone floors and high ceilings give the home an airy feel full of light ensconced from the bustle of the street outside.
Besides these three properties, what is next for the eclectic Carina and her multi-skilled team at Palma Markets? “My hope for the future is to build homes for people who want to entertain people in their houses, and also want to live on the island more than just during summer vacation and some weekends.” If there is one person on the island who can deliver on that vision with style, taste and creativity, it is Carina.
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