Grey, Gray, Gris… whichever way you spell it, we are experiencing IT big time this summer in Santa Barbara. The sun hasn’t come out ALL DAY, yet again. I’m writing my Congressman person. This is ridicoolus. In any case, our stony skies have inspired me to share this amazing little Spanish guest house featured in the June 2010 issue of Interior Design Magazine with you. May all of you in warmer climes feel cooler just looking at it 🙂
Photographs by Roland Halbe
House of Rock
This tiny cliff side guesthouse situated on the rocky Costa da Morte, high above the Atlantic Ocean in Northwest Spain was designed by Ensamble Studio principal Anton Garcia-Abril, who describes it as an “unearthed truffle” The construction consisted of digging a large hole and then compacting excavated soil around the cavity to form a rough retaining wall. Concrete was then poured around stacked hay bales placed within the hole. Once the concrete was set, the compacted soil was removed to reveal the boulder- like mass in the photo above. How to remove the hay bales still within? A hungry cow named Paulina was employed. Several months and 600lbs later, Paulina waddled away, and this 270 sq. ft. mass was left to complete. Much like a well designed boat, most of the interior components are multifunctional. The headboard is also a cabinet that houses a sink at one end; doors at the other end conceal a toilet. Garcia-Abril even found space to include a fireplace- something any self respecting cave-person couldn’t possibly live without. I find the juxtaposition of the primordial and modern minimalism to be completely magical, don’t you? Although truth be told… they had me at “truffle”.
Oh ya- suddenly, I’m a cave woman at heart…
Raquel Welch in “1 Million Years BC”
What I’d wear
Bathroom fittings by Roca Sanitario
And some appropo music …
Rock Lobster, B-52’s
Fire pits on sale at Restoration Hardware right now
Donna Karan Summer 2010
MBubbles 100% silk fabric (available in any length or width)
Donna Karan Summer 2010
Bean bag rope chair.
Tonale collection from Alessi.com
Dennis Basso 2010/11
(Eat your heart out Paul Simon)
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010 ad campaign by Jurgen Teller
(I’m guessing perhaps Marc was already breaking up with his boyfriend when he OK’d this campaign??)
Marc Jacobs Fall 2010
John Saladino’s Montecito Villa.
Planters from Restoration Hardware (On SALE now)
Don’t be the only guy in the cave with watered down whiskey- get some Whiskey Stones (available on Amazon)
Not quite sure how one navigates the fringe dragging on the ground but that’s one sexy boot!
What I’d be reading in the cave :
‘In Ruins’ by Christopher Woodward
A meditation on the mystery and allure of a thousand years of ruins through history, art and literature
What I’d be eating:
Have a great week!