Winter is ALMOST done in my part of the world and I’ve been daydreaming of long, hot days, sand between my toes and relaxed living. I must say this holiday house in Portugal by Daniel Suduca and Thierry Merillou of Suduca & Merillou is what I see when I close my eyes. Perfect.
A few weeks ago I went to lunch with a group of managers from work and one of them who happens to be very French, was talking about how beautiful les Îles-de-la-Madeleine are, or as the English folks call them, the Magdalen Islands. I had somehow never heard this this small archipelago before, located in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence (and while part of Québec, the islands are in fact closer to the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland). A crazy coincidence that about a week ago while I was perusing the portfolio of Montréal architecture firm La Shed (that I am admittedly obsessed with) I came across a project in their portfolio called Les Rochers, located on the southernmost island of the Magdalens, called l’île du Havre Aubert. La Shed designed a single family home and guest house in this spectacular setting. Inspired by the traditional gabled house, the architects are proposing a contemporary version whose asymmetrical shape is a nod to the Maison des Îles and its drum. Each in their own way, the two residences integrate the drum into the home, unified in a single volume. The interior architecture of the two residences is imbued with the aesthetics of seaside houses. The interior design is meticulous, but remains sober. The guest house is like a holiday home reminiscent of the rusticity of fishermen’s huts, the atmosphere is relaxed. The main house is larger and more refined. The line work is rich and delicate, giving depth and texture to the interiors. Architects create a balanced language for soothing interiors.
” Inspired by the homes of local fishermen, they designed a set of 3 cabanas: one for the living room, one for the kitchen, a third for bedrooms, connected by wooden walkways put on the sand. Suduca & Mérillou used traditional local materials: straw, wood, bamboo, lime. ‘We wanted to create a pure atmosphere, light and relaxing. Special care is given to the terraces runs much of the holiday life. Inside, the walls are whitewashed, beams in a monastic whiteness. Materials raw and poor, straw, reed, string, raffia relay around vintage pieces of Calder, Gio Ponti, Royere and Lurcat.”
This beach house in Portugal by Daniel Suduca and Thierry Mérillou of Galerie Saint Jacques may seem like a reworking of a simple fisherman’s cottage but don’t be fooled. This rough luxe getaway is overflowing with style and all those fabulous vintage treasures by Calder, Gio Ponti, Royere and Lurcat.
The aesthetic goals of this project were simple and practical and relatively economical. It’s a place to go and relax but it’s not meant to be showy. It’s for comfort and delight. It’s sensible and easy.
That could not sound more perfect. This Inverness, CA home is designed by Corine Maggio of CM Natural Designs. (Photos: Carley Page Summers. Construction: Brett and Jack Matthews)
Loving the modern and tropical, Spanish finca-esque vibes of this renovated 1970s home in the South of France. Another stellar project by the talented Baptiste Bohu.