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Quantum Leap in Finding Solace Abroad

Essence Magazine

Kris Turnbull and his Belfast-based boutique design consultancy, with offices in London, recently undertook a project with a difference on a new build holiday home in Europe. Here Kris tells us more about the challenges and experience...

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Kris Turnbull - Designers Guide 2016Embarking upon a new build project to ensure hopes and dreams become reality can be a daunting thought for many people and my clients on this project were no different. In contrast to their minimalist, monotone home in Belfast, they enlisted my services to help them achieve a dreamed of second home. Working over the course of a year, I spent time getting to know their personalities, what they loved and desired, their needs and aspirations, translating their background and profile into an amazing new-build holiday home in Europe.

The project was so exciting. I was involved from the very beginning: right at the planning and build stage.

This allowed me to become involved with key feature elements that many people forget, yet areso important, especially in relation to a home of 10,000 square feet. Working alongside a Spanish architect who trained in Oxford, we created the ultimate family pad!

I was able to design the kitchen, bathrooms, tiling, door furniture and detailing, along with structural quantum-leap-3elements, to allow the interior master plan to unfold. The brief was clear; my client wanted a James Bond design and look, but a family home with cutting edge style. I took all the elements the family loved and created the interior space for them to live the dream. As the house was clearly a substantial home, the clients didn't want this to just be used for a couple of weeks in July, but to be designed as a home abroad. My task was to create a variation of interiors to allow the house to be used through all seasons.

I used a grass effect gold leaf wall covering from France for the feature backdrop to the Fendi Casa bed in metallic leather. Bespoke side tables in Java cafe wood with burnished silver leaf highlight, dressed with smoked Porta Romana glass table lamps, accent fabrics and upholstery fabrics by Rubelli, Venezia dressed the room.

My clients are massive movie fans so when I saw the basement, it had to be transformed into a spectacular home cinema. As many materials throughout the house are hard with a combination of stone and wood, I created a contemporary take on the old pleated cinemas, but inverted the pleat on the fabric walls to give a more interesting appearance. With a special quilted walling and 400 metres of fabric, the acoustics in the room were amazing!

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Rather than traditional rowed seating, I designed modular daybeds to create a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere for lounging with groups of friends or family.

quantum-leap-2It's all about lifestyle in this home and the TV dayroom by the swimming pool is no different. With fully recessed, reflective glass walls, this room is an inside/outside space as it becomes part of the swimming pool and south facing terraces. During the daytime, it is a retreat from the sunshine and in the evenings a casual and playful environment filled with colour and texture. This room was a brilliant surprise for me: the natural light in this part of the world is so different and the selection of colours radiated interest and character.

This house…no, this home…is special.
It's a delight to be in and admire, a place you arrive at and just be who you want to be. A pad that James Bond would be proud of and what was once a dream is now a lifestyle reality for my clients. The whole project and experience was a pleasure!