A blend of British and Scandinavian design this reformed apartment, a stones throw from the shoreline in Mallorca, is the permanent home of a Scandinavian couple who sought an interior designer to breath light, life and colour into their home.
With a love for entertaining, they discussed the possibility with interior designer Samantha Knight of turning their three-bedroom apartment into an elegant open-plan living space designed for hosting and practical living.
Samantha Knight worked with Paul Robinson Construction to realise the design concept. The apartment was converted from a ten-year-old property with no prevailing features into a contemporary space filled with architectural details, texture and bespoke fitted furniture to make the most of every inch of the property.
As a constructor with a natural eye for design, Paul was involved in concept meetings with the client and team briefings, adding creativity as well as technical expertise. Classical mouldings, cornicing and skirting were applied to the plaster, textured decorative paper inset into wall panels and finely crafted cabinetry with brass detailing was installed throughout the property to provide beautiful and discreet storage.
Paul and his team carefully rearranged the accommodation. They removed original walls to breathe warm light into the apartment and deliver an open-plan living and kitchen arrangement for the clients who are keen cooks and host often. A freestanding bar completes the entertaining space and art deco bar stools upholstered in a vibrant mustard yellow set the scene for long evenings with friends. An oversized antique chandelier sits above a reclaimed dining table to create ambience and an imposing feature in the large space.
The original kitchen was refurbished and improved whilst appliances were replaced with culinary standard units. The original cupboard doors were sanded and re-sprayed in Farrow & Ball Cooking Apple Green to deliver a fresh Scandinavian feel throughout the property.
Originally three bedrooms, the rear of the apartment was reformed and made into a one large bedroom suite with a luxury dressing room. Handcrafted open and closed wardrobe storage was carefully designed around the clients’ hobbies and existing clothing with designated areas for sailing and golf outfits, handbags and shoes.
Design elements include classical moulding, inset textured wallpaper and brass pull handles. An elegant chandelier creates ambient lighting while full height library shelving frames the opening between the bedroom and the dressing room.
Interior designer Samantha carefully sourced furniture from Mallorca as well as London, blending the laid-back elegance of the island with the sartorial influence of British fabrics and traditional upholstery methods. Samantha worked with a curtain maker in the south of the island to manufacture bespoke window treatments.
The bathrooms were refurbished with stone typical of the island and the fittings updated for a spa style experience. Art deco wall lights spread a warm glow within the compact spaces and hand finished sink cabinets provide additional storage.
Through the apartment you will find brass door furniture and matching electrical plates for a coherent finish. The electrical elements from the UK were only one of the practical challenges that Paul managed effortlessly in order to meet the clients’ wishes and deliver a diverse architectural and interior design package.
Written by Samantha Knight, Founder at Samantha Knight Interior Design Ltd
Photos by Johanna Gunnberg