Valeria Vasi and Isern Serra are all about light! Light that is sought out and hunted down to make it an essential part of this immaculate interior layout. Its importance is reflected throughout the flat, with light travelling across surfaces such as the floor, covered with white micro-cement, right up to workbench in the kitchen! This creates a monochrome environment punctuated here and there by minimalist furniture selected by the artistic couple themselves as a way of respecting their desire for a space of “simple beauty, serene and unpretentious”. As a logical continuation of their respective professions, here both interior designer and designer have created an interior design with self-defining simplicity where everyone is allowed to add their own piece to the home. While Valeria brings her expertise and experience from the point of view of the object, Isern lends his eye by imagining the space as a whole. For example, the windows “open fully using an accordion system, which encourages a strong interior-exterior flow” to create an ideal repository for displaying in detail the many craft creations the couple has acquired on their travels Pieces that the couple love for their sentimental value that goes beyond mere aesthetics. This is because the couple have been globe-trotting since their younger days. Whether it’s Valerie’s travels from Moscow to Paris via Tokyo, or Isern’s journeys from Barcelona to Milan, their wanderings have nurtured their “visual baggage” and have helped to formulate their signature creative style. Geometric lines and a taste for the handiwork of craftsmen whose work manifests itself within their home.
I think we share concepts of beauty like minimalism, serenity, pure geometry, simplicity, colour, materiality, and craft.
We really like light installations, like those by Yayoi Kusama and Olafur Eliasson, but we also admire the work of Constantin Brancusi, Eduardo Chillida, Isamu Noguchi…and the architects Luis Barragan, Ricardo Bofill and César Manrique and their work in Lanzarote.
A comfortable, Mediterranean, serene, architectural, artisanal, open, and bright space… these are the concepts we had in mind when we started planning the house.
We had been looking for industrial premises in Poblenou for a long time to convert it into a house, but we couldn’t find anything, so we gradually expanded our search.
We wanted one floor covering for the whole house… we wanted the room to look like a big covered outdoor porch. So we used a micro-cement that covered the workbench, the planters and the kitchen… the windows open completely with an accordion system which makes for a very strong connection between indoors and outside.
It says how much we love simple, serene, unpretentious beauty. We like peace and a calm feeling. We love large spaces with lots of light where we can welcome our friends.
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We love large spaces with lots of light where we can welcome our friends.
Photography : Valerio Geraci – Text : Juliette Bruneau @thesocialitefamily