The first thing that falls in love when entering this Santander flat, It is the light that floods every corner and that comes from the sea, specifically, from the Sardinero beach. The studio of the interior designer Mara Pardo wanted to preserve the air of yesteryear of this stately home that she found battered, recovering the height of the ceilings and maintaining the carpentry of the windows, offering it a new life after a disastrous reform of the 60s that destroyed moldings and the original cast, dividing the plant into two houses.
When the new owners arrived they found three tiny bedrooms with hardly any closets, a living room with a dark and poorly used area, a bathroom and a toilet, as well as a kitchen that was disproportionately large compared to the total space of the house.
It was essential redistribute the rooms and make the most of the lightSo they made two more spacious rooms with large closets and add the blind area of the living room to the master bedroom to get an en suite bathroom.
The kitchen, in the same gray color of the windows, was integrated with wide sliding doors that disappear completely according to the needs.
The dining room becomes the protagonist of all eyes framed in a North star.
Table Essens and the chairs Neem by Inclass, with the vinyl carpet Podevache from Numa, they adapted like a glove to the laminate floor of Faus model Herringbone Boho and to the chair Masters by Kartell.
Sitting on the sofa or on the gazebo, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of vacationers while strolling and, during winter, the sound of the sea.
In order to create a sense of continuity and spaciousness, and make the most of the scarce 65 m2 of the house, the partitions of the kitchen and the bathrooms are not closed to the ceiling, but are visually communicated with a glass that insulates them, but that always allows to look beyond the space between the four walls.
A colorful painting by Juanjo Viota with the woman in red, from his collection The stuff of dreams, contrasts with the mustard color of the chairs and sofa cushions, on a neutral continuous background and the wallpaper of chevron black and white that is repeated in the kitchen and in the bedroom. Thus, the spaces are not interpreted as isolated, but as a visual continuity and the daily actions that we carry out at home. The carpentry blends with the walls and ceiling creating a ” light box ” effect to highlight few but essential pieces. The balloons of Juanjo Viota’s work float on the wall and mark a yellow thread that is linked in the chairs, the sofa or the details of the Pardo Family tableware and that runs through the house to the bedroom.
This vital line continues in the bedroom, simple but colorful, together with the green bathroom that evokes the view of the terrace, facing south.
The bathroom, which was made using a sanitary disposal, as it was located away from the downspouts in the lost and dark space of the old cast, has a large shower and is visually linked to the living room by a glass that is reflected in the mirror, creating an amplifying effect. The appliques Ptolemy by Artemide, the mechanisms LS 990 Jung and the Componibili Kartell blacks add a very contemporary touch to the soft textiles of Pardo Interior.
Views and all the Cantabrian sun dominate the room of the ” boss ” of the house, Óscar, with a custom desk and the walls plastered, at his request, with aged-looking brick. Kartell’s stool and chair are concessions to the interior designer, since he, as is logical at his age, preferred an armchair of gamer.
In return and, after “tough negotiations”, he has a bathroom for his exclusive use with ceramics Tweed from Roca and Laufen toilets, all from Lostal. Like the rest of the rooms, it is connected to the kitchen and the living room by glass up to the ceiling. Isn’t it a spectacular reform?
Project: Mara Pardo and Bruno Lanuza, from Mara Pardo Estudio.