Location: Casa Allegra, Marbella, Spain
Interior Designer: Taylor Interiors
Completion date: May 2015
Photography: Huw Evans

The capacious villa, designed by architect, Diego Tobal, is one of the most exclusive in the AndalucĂ­a mountain area. Set high on a hill, yet designed with flat gardens and grounds, the front is exposed to striking ocean views, while to the left of the property, there are mountainous vistas.

The property is as striking as the landscapes surrounding it. The sumptuous interior spaces are designed to offer the client a holiday home to rejuvenate and restore in comfort, with carefully curated rooms for entertaining. Taylor Interiors worked closely with the architect to imagine the property in its final form. This creative and highly collaborative relationship was integral to the successful interior spaces, which offer many bespoke design details married with technical capabilities. To create drama on entering the villa, a custom-made six-metre long chandelier composed from 700 pieces of hand-blown glass in five distinct colours was commissioned for the entrance hall. The chandelier weighs 900kg and the ceiling was specially reinforced.

The entrance leads to an atrium where the ceiling is 8 metres high and the striking glass floor allows for views of the indoor pool below. Across the seven bedrooms, two transformed into home offices, and the bathrooms there is a repeated interior style that mixes a decadent masculinity with the finest natural materials, from marble to glass. A palette of chocolate black, cream and ivory repeats throughout.

It is only in the recreational spaces that the style diversifies. The home cinema is futuristically lit with coloured LED lights, while the entertainment room is decorated with the client’s vintage aviation posters and is complete with a professional dance floor and DJ booth. Lighting was integral to the design, adding definition to the diverse layout of spaces where mixed ceiling heights play with visual scale. Taylor Interiors took full control of the interior and exterior, offering a clever combination of lighting components to illuminate this most ambitious and stylistic property.