«THE COLOR PALETTE AND ITS SUSTAINABILITY MAKE THIS MATERIAL THE IDEAL ONE»
The words of the interior designer Rodrigo Izquierdo
A villa located in the heart of Ibiza
Rodrigo Izquierdo has been an interior designer for a long time at Patricia Urquiola Studio in Milan and became the creative supervisor in charge of the interior design department. In 2016 he decided to start his design studio - Rodrigo Izquierdo Design Studio - to express himself through a recognizable language.
Following this philosophy, he chose to recover a rural mansion of the 80s located in Ibiza, designing the villa that today represents the summer residence of a creative couple while maintaining its Mediterranean soul.
We interviewed Rodrigo to find out which ideas have guided him in the creative phase of the project.
How did the idea of designing the villa in Ibiza come on?
«My partner and I have been looking for a house to buy together for some time. Instead of Milan, where we live, we found it in the Balearic Islands. We discovered the house during the pandemic. Its position in the center of the island immediately seemed the ideal place to meet again with friends and family».
Did the surrounding rurality influence the style of the house?
«The villa lies on a hill facing north in the island's heart, surrounded by a pine forest with trees up to 15 meters high. What used to be a rural place built in the 1980s was reclaimed and redesigned inside the studio. We fell in love with this house thanks to the pine trees by which it gets surrounded. In the garden, the sun rays filter through the branches of trees, and the same feeling we recreated inside. Here the most beautiful thing is the light, always cut out, never directed».
What can you tell us about the material choice?
«The villa draws inspiration from the Mediterranean vernacular style without falling into the local clichés, thanks to an unusual mix of colors and finishes. Rough textured materials customize the rooms: pietra compattata and concrete for the floor, lime walls, white painted ceiling beams, and Tanganyika frisé wood for the boiserie and the doors. It was a country house, not a historic residence of 1600, so we wanted to preserve that rustic spirit by interpreting it in our way».
How did you come to meet La Pietra Compattata?
«We’ve known La Pietra Compattata for a long time. We’ve always liked it but never had the opportunity to use it. We understood it was the ideal material as soon as we designed the project. Its color palettes, the physical features, and especially the sustainable production cycle perfectly fit into the rustic context of the residence».
The architectural project by Rodrigo Izquierdo has also aroused the curiosity of important furniture and design newspapers.
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Project: Rodrigo Izquierdo
Photo: Valentina Sommariva