Madrid-based architecture, interior design and product design studio Lorna de Santos has created an interior topography for a house in the capital of Spain. The firm stands for high quality artistic appeal and the sculpted form of interiors that address highly skilled craft and art. Every year, an exclusive exhibition of interior design takes place at a different location in Madrid. Imagicasa takes you to last year's location, called Casa Decor.
Stepping into this residential installation, designed by Lorna de Santos, is like entering the winding curves of a hollowed-out cave. Only the cold stone walls have been replaced by the ultra-soft furniture and the warm orange glow of a fireplace, a very cosy atmosphere. Once inside, the outside world begins to melt away thanks to the protected walls. Every care is replaced by a much calmer atmosphere, where one can simply enjoy watching warm light shine upwards along a curved wall. The space is designed to encourage everyone to slow down in a world that feels increasingly mobile and chaotic.
Smooth surfaces and geometry bathed in a warm atmosphere.
The continuous wall and floor covering, made of a mix of cement and ship's waste, encloses the building like a virtual embrace. A tree grows directly out of the curved window sill below - a moment when nature grows directly into the space. Wood is left rough, its grain and rough edges adding warmth and dimension to the design. Leather seats, linen screens, ceramic pottery and a large piece of stone speak with confidence, their natural imperfections providing the greatest visual appeal. Despite their differences, the pieces of furniture fit together seamlessly and create a sense of balance. Lorna de Santos ensured that all the furniture pieces floated at the same height from the finished floor. In short, the precision of the sightlines enhances the sense of harmony.
Lorna de Santos' goal is to create an aesthetic paradigm based on nature and to give back the meaning and reason of the art of living. In addition, the artwork Gravity by founder Lorna Smith, a thinking character, is entirely consistent with this story. In short, smooth surfaces and corners, topographical furniture, pure forms with all the powdery colour offer visitors of Casa Decor a live wabi-sabi experience in an artistic journey. Photography by Nacho Uribe Salazar