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Finding an open space with plenty of light was mandatory for the designer Iron Serra and artist Valeria Vasi when you are looking for a new apartment. The idea of having an open floor plan in the shape of an “L” with large windows was perfect for them because of its many possibilities. And they were also looking for the possibility of creating a space that is half house and half studio.
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They decided to look for an older industrial-style office space that could be converted into an apartment that could give them everything they wanted. “When we bought this space, it was an old office in an industrial flat,” says Isern. “It only had three brick walls that created different rooms and a small bathroom that we knocked down ourselves one weekend.”
When the space was free, they began to think about how they intended to use the rooms. The concept was to create a Mediterranean-inspired home, which was a large covered terrace with large plants and a built-in sofa with custom-made cushions. Valeria needed a place to display her works and a work area, so they decided that the transitional area between the social and private areas should be hers. They love to have breakfast in the sun, so the idea of where to place the large, open kitchen was determined by the corner that gets the most morning light. And finally, with the arrival of their two little girls, the apartment transformed from a minimal well-designed loft into a warm space full of light, where the two girls can move and play freely.
Apartment therapy study:
My style: New Mediterranean
Inspiration: Mediterranean life
Favorite item: For me, Isern, my favorite element is the large built-in sofa, with the integrated large planters, where we can sit with friends. Valeria’s favorite place is her studio. “I love working there with the amazing light coming through the windows,” she says.
Biggest challenge: The biggest challenge was to separate the living room from the study without walls. This is how we came up with the idea of the different heights of the floor.
proudest DIY: The whole project in our house. We are very proud of it all!
Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? The main idea was to have a living room as if it were a side terrace. We can open the windows all the way and it feels like we are living on a “porch” in the middle of a busy city like Barcelona.
Please describe any useful, inspiring, brilliant or just plain useful tips for maximizing and/or organizing small spaces you have: Instead of having doors on the wardrobes, we use curtains to lower the budget. And in the case of the baby room, the windows seem to continue all the way around.
Does your home reflect your home country/city in any way? We think it has the Mediterranean feel we are defined by.
What are your favorite places to shop for home decor that can only be found in your country? The flea markets in Empordá.
Finally, what is your absolute best home secret or interior design tip? Don’t use too much artificial light and try to feel “warm” in your house.
OPEN LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN
Thank you Isern, Valeria, Lea and Gaia!