Project Name: Ocean-side Residence

Location: Barbados, The Caribbean

Date Completed: 2015

Interior Designer: Wilkinson Beven Design

This ocean-side residence is all about Caribbean open-plan living; generously proportioned rooms link to the poolside deck, the gardens, and the beach beyond. This contemporary ocean-side home enjoys a beautiful location right on the ‘Platinum’ West Coast of Barbados. Wilkinson Beven Design’s interior brief was to create a luxurious, yet comfortable setting, with a flavour and influence from contemporary Miami beach style living; the designer’s selection of finishes and furniture, many pieces being bespoke commissions, helped to achieve this look for their client.

The views from the lounge were carefully considered so that the deck-level pool creates a strong visual link to the ocean’s horizon, without interruption. A submerged dining table and built-in swimming pool seating provide a place to cool off, even at the hottest moment of the day. Stylish swivel chairs give their users an option to turn to face the 15-metre pool, providing a light-filled transition between indoors and outdoors activities.

A guest powder room has floor-to-ceiling framed family photographs and the Deco styling of the large, faceted mirrors and vanity stand echo the Miami beach-front influence of this home. The space is a play of cool, glittering surfaces; a contrast – but also a connection to the mirage-hazy, sparkling ocean right outside. The spacious master bedroom gives the sense of being on board a yacht, with rich, exotic timber underfoot; fully opening glass doors afford both garden and sea views, also allowing breezes generated through slatted architectural blinds on the building’s eastern elevation to filter through the house, providing a comfortable environment that is augmented by the shade created from the projected terrace canopies on the west-facing side of the house.

Sea-facing, the open-fronted principal rooms provide access to the gardens and pool deck by way of oversized stepping stones, which meander to the ocean’s edge. In the heat of the day, sample the coolest lunchtime spot on the island! The structure of the sunken table and perimeter seating was designed and built in to the shape of the pool. Commissioned to design a bespoke breakfast table and seating area for the property and inspired by luxury yachts our team designed a bespoke teak sunburst breakfast table combining high gloss white finishes with polished marine grade stainless steel elements. Bespoke banquette seating surrounds the table providing informal seating that could be adapted from breakfast, lunch to evening meals.

Open plan living in the Caribbean, clean architectural lines, and interior injections of a Miami Deco Style help to create a timeless modern villa with dark deco timber tones that continue through joinery and shutter screening elements. The design ethos strives to achieve something modern and different in a location dominated by the local Colonial style repeated around the island. the modern architecture and interior refreshingly with the lush landscape and crystal waters.