By Hong Xinying
04 June 2021
Inspired by her travels, an interior designer’s home in Barcelona is a striking space that celebrates her love of art and design
When interior designer and owner Roser Torres Coixet first laid eyes on the site of her new home in Barcelona, ââshe saw the creative possibilities that her large windows and spacious outdoor space could bring, despite the in need of a major renovation. While the original layout and conditions of the 3,013 square foot apartment were far from ideal, Coixet was not deterred.
âAlthough this was by no means my dream home, it had enormous potential due to the abundance of natural light,â says Coixet, founder of Roser Coixet Interiors. “This space had the most wonderful natural light coming in, and it really became the focal point of my design ideas.”
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The interior designer drew heavily on the bright and airy modern homes she saw in Los Angeles and wanted to create a similar effect in her apartment with an open plan layout. She worked closely with Eduardo BenÃtez NiÃ±o Architect on the renovation, while the Italian brand Viabizzuno recommended and installed suitable lighting elements in the south-east facing apartment; the whole makeover took about a year.
This space had the most beautiful natural light, and it really became the focal point of my design ideas.
– Roser Torres Coixet, founder of Roser Coixet Interiors
The designer searched from scratch to make the interior of her dreams come true. This involved stripping the apartment of all its original floors and decorative elements, and rethinking the layout to improve light and ventilation. âI was not satisfied with the materials used in the house and the original furnishings,â says Coixet. “I wanted a blank canvas, and even if it required demolition, I saw that this place could meet my dream requirements.”
It aimed to create a relaxing, open-plan space with a continuous flow from the entrance and living room to the balcony. The entire abode is also well decorated with an evolving collection of mid-century art and furniture. âI wanted to create a space that would retain a timeless style and could be easily updated with new art and design elements, to create a dialogue between the old and the new,â she says. “And I wanted a space that reflected my family and our love of entertainment.”
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Upon entering the house, visitors will see two clearly demarcated areas: the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, as well as an outdoor area with wonderful views of the communal pool and garden. White walls inspired by the clean look of art galleries were among the main features of the renovation – they enhance the airy feel of the apartment while showcasing the vibrant collection of vintage art and furniture in the family.
âI chose a light palette to improve the luminosity and highlight the furniture and the vivid tones of the works of art,â explains Coixet. A tactile combination of light wood, dark marble and natural textiles add to the warm atmosphere.
In the living room, the Big Round mirror by Sabine Marcelis and Brit Van Nerven from Side Gallery echoes the bold hues of the accent pieces. A highly polished green resin table from the Candy Cubes series by Sabine Marcelis, also from Side Gallery, adds another playful touch.
The effortless mix is ââalso evident in the dining area, which includes the Knoll Executive chairs designed by Eero Saarinen. Sourced from Side Gallery, these vintage pieces were commonly seen in American homes in the 1970s. This space also features a vintage iron and formica table, a sideboard by French company Guillerme et Chambron, works by the British visual artist Marc Quinn and digital art by Parisian artist Miguel Chevalier; the latter was purchased from Ventana Contemporary, a gallery in Ibiza.
A folding iron door with Finsa jute mesh panels separates the dining area from the kitchen; the woven texture of the door is echoed in the latter, which includes rattan bar stools and the B1 kitchen island and wall shelves by Bulthaup.
Modern American design has had a huge influence on home decor, while Coixet’s keen interest in art and design contributes to its eclectic look. The jewel tones on the upholstered furniture and accessories add a decorative touch to the abode and enliven its palette of light.
âI am passionate about many aspects of design, ranging from architecture, art and fashion to vintage jewelry,â says Coixet. âMy work has been strongly influenced by my travels, with each country opening me up to new experiences, craftsmanship and new design possibilities. As a designer, my goal is to create a unique atmosphere in harmony with the architecture of the space, while incorporating the use of fine art and furniture as well as dynamic lighting. I enjoy using a combination of vintage and modern pieces, alongside contemporary art.
North-east facing bedrooms extend the light palette, as well as a sumptuous mix of soft furnishings. The spaces offer enviable views of the Serra de Collserola mountain range. In her daughter’s bedroom, the Voie wall lamp by Sabine Marcelis from Side Gallery adds visual interest. It is accompanied by an Ivano Redaelli bed, a vintage bedside table from Antique Boutique and a metallic raffia paper lamp by Phillip Jeffries de GastÃ³n y Daniela.
For the master bedroom, Coixet has also selected an elegant mix of vintage and contemporary furniture. These include a vintage floor lamp, the Djinn lounge chair designed in 1965 by Olivier Mourgue, and a set of three framed 19th-century watercolors, all from Barcelona-based furniture gallery 177 Kensington. This space also includes a purple Gong Due side table by Meridiani that echoes the pink hues of the paintings.
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Unlike the understated look of the master bedroom, the adjoining bathroom is entirely glamorous: it features a handsome vanity unit clad in black Cheyenne granite, Portuguese pink marble walls, and a backlit mirror with a brass frame by Viabizzuno. . âI love my room and my private bathroom. It’s my oasis, âsays Coixet. She adds, âI think a dream home should include authenticity, natural materials and a touch of exquisite. I believe that good design is about synthesizing sophistication and comfort, resulting in elegant and comfortable spaces.
And indeed, all these qualities and more are evident in this apartment, which is now truly a place where Coixet and his family can feel at home.
This story first appeared in the June-July 2021 issue of Tatler Homes Singapore, now available on Magzter and on newsstands.