The brief: to take one villa in the the South of France and make sure the design caters to functionality and elegance. Award-winning British luxury interior design practice Howes and Rigby guides us through the design project
What was the project?
This project involved furnishing a 10,000 sqft new build villa in the South of France. The villa is built in a typical Mediterranean style and so it was important that the design reflected this through the use of pastel tones, soft linens and whitewashed timbers.
What was the original brief?
This was the third project we had completed for this client so we had already been through the learning curve with them and totally understood the family’s requirements.
The client on this project totally trusted us and knew that we cared more about the functionality of the villa than she did. The client needed a relaxed, elegant but above all practical home for their family where the main focus was to create a fun and relaxed environment for the clients two young children.
A soft pastel colour palette with muted linens and subtle paint colours worked well in the bright light and created a relaxed and informal feel.
What was the biggest challenge?
Usually when we are brought into a project, it is at the pre-planning stage and therefore we are provide input to the architectural design. In this instance we were brought into the equation quite late and so it proved to be a bit of a challenge making sure that the furnishings flowed with the spaces and the existing architecture. In the end however, we did achieve a complementary flow with a final look that blends the designs well.
What are you most pleased with?
Throughout the interior design of the house we tried to achieve a sense of relaxed, elegant living through the use of materials such as rattan, linen, oriental rugs in neutral, warm tones and natural timbers.
Most of the spaces colour palettes were kept neutral with subtle injections of pattern and colour, something that worked well with the natural travertine and timber flooring of the property. The whole house was designed to give vistas of the pool and grounds, with the design for the interior sweeping through to the exterior in order to create a sense of flow and indoor/outdoor living.
Client involvement – hands-on or hands-off?
Very hands-off! As mentioned above, due to their complete trust we had already been through the initial process of getting to know our clients wants/needs with their other projects and so were able to go full steam ahead with their design.
We are working on a number of very exciting luxury property projects at the moment, including a nine-storey luxury townhouse in Kensington, a large family house in St John’s Wood and a villa in Abu Dhabi. We are also very pleased to be launching our first product collection at the end of the year. Top secret at the moment!