Vivacious Villas—Testament to their contemporary design approach, the co-founders of Visionnaire craft this exuberant vacation home in Malibu
NOV 17, 2022 | By Kashish Kaushal
The key objective of a villa is to facilitate comfort, luxury, and a little getaway from our mundane lives. Located on the sunny west coast of the USA, just one hour’s drive from Los Angeles, in the city of Malibu lies this 3,230 square feet of sheer magnificence. Brought to life by co-founders Eleonore (Art Director) and Leopold Cavalli (CEO) of Visionnaire, it’s the kind of vacation home that we all often dream of owning—lavish, overlooking the sea and offering endless breathtaking vistas!
“The Villa Malibu was a very unusual and challenging project for Visionnaire since we never met the owner in person. We really needed to use our imagination more than usual and create the perfect space that would respond to the needs and wishes of the future owner of the Villa,” shares Eleonore.
The Curious Brief
When it comes to designing our dream home, we are always ready—all guns blazing with ideas like ‘the bigger, the better’ or ‘the more, the merrier’. However, the task doesn’t stop at buying one, doing the villa interiors with utmost planning and precision is equally important. For Villa Malibu, the brief was rather straightforward—all they wanted was a relaxed atmosphere in which the interiors blended harmoniously with the exterior of the Villa.
This is where the expertise of team Visionnaire stepped in. Experimenting with design, decor ideas, and materials that were in line with the principles of environmental protection, they accomplished a home where one could take refuge from everyday life.
Tour every turn of this home
A striking and unmissable feature of the Villa (apart from its grandeur and strategic location) has to be the use of aesthetic and equally utilitarian furnishings. As soon as you enter, the Bastian sofa with Petra armchairs welcomes you with open (read: wide) arms in the living area.
Right next to it, a ten-seater dining room with Clem chairs custom made in dark violet colour embark on a mysterious demeanour. Another pièce de résistance—an understated yet luminous glass tapestry artwork in transitional grey colour palette garners interest and sparks conversations.
Why settle for one when you can have another? In the second living room, you can practise the act of ‘dolce far niente’ on the Montparnasse sofa. You can raise its backrest for extra comfort—how’s that for living life king size?
On the first floor, the master bedroom is as cosy as it can get. Listening to the melodious crashing of waves while resting on the pure white Ca’ Foscari bed is nothing less than absolute bliss! “I think that the entire space has a special and magical atmosphere. Especially during the sunsets where the rooms light up with all the colours of the dusk,” further elaborates Eleonore.
Ideas to bookmark
Implementing an earthy-toned palette, sparsely decorated with bold coloured accents, Visionnaire succeeded in formulating a distinctive style, based on lively experimentation on materials, volumes of unexpected poise and inimitable motifs. What’s also worth mentioning is that the interiors of the home stay true to the pure and geometric lines of the exterior structure.
“This architecture is also strongly characterised by the almost physical contact between the sea and the base on which the Villa rests, made in concrete. The terraces, on the other hand, are made with transparent crystal and perfectly reflect the waves of the sea, giving the sensation of being almost in the middle of the ocean. This sensation is amplified by the panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows that offer stunning uninterrupted views,” divulges Eleonore.
Earth Loves You, Love it Back
Every act to aid the initiative of sustainable design, big or small, goes a long way in making an impact.
Visionnaire put a lot of effort and research into finding new materials. Among these new materials, stands out the one they used for the white Montparnasse sofa on the first floor of the Villa. The sofa is upholstered in Eco-skin leather which is a regenerated product obtained from the treatment of waste, a material renewed for its attention to low environmental impact processes.
The Bastian sofa, on the ground floor living area, is realised in Pray leather—a special material with great antibacterial properties. Last but not least, the Ca’ Foscari bed, upholstered with the Lario velvet, was produced with noble raw materials.
If you’re a lover of slow life and dream of living by the ocean in a gorgeous space, this Villa serves some serious design goals!