By Enric Pastor.
Greater comfort, warmth and open spaces. According to Enric Pastor, Director of AD Spain, today’s homes echo the concepts first introduced by former greats of architecture such as Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, seamlessly marrying design and contemporary art; the bedrock of new living spaces.
What is the modern home like? Luckily, it bears no resemblance to the super-technological cold glass-walled skyscrapers that we all imagined as children when watching sci-fi films.
In fact, today, in order to truly enjoy our living spaces, we must turn off our mobile phones as soon as we walk through the front door, however much we need them to open the blinds. Today’s homes are closer to nature; they are calm and welcoming environments, decorated with soothing colours and offer seamless transitions between spaces. If in the 1920s the master of architecture himself, the North American Frank Lloyd Wright (a visionary if ever there was one), was the first who dared to introduce the idea of joining together the kitchen, dining room and drawing room in his homes in Chicago, the challenge today is to make all the spaces, including the bedrooms, accessible and open, with finishings in wood and other natural materials, or in stone and brass in the more sophisticated version.
The kitchen forms the heart of the home; it is both a workshop and a green oasis (plants are a must here) and should lead effortlessly onto the dining room, which tells its own story. The sitting room is equally flexible: the stage for many a setting, filled with cutting-edge design furnishings (by Patricia Urquiola, Jasper Morrison, los Bouroullec), icons from days gone by that have endured over time, from the Eames to Jean Prouvé, or why not even unique and high-end signature pieces by Kelly Wearstler and Maria Pergay. The bathroom is now a spa within the bedroom, which in itself offers a truly inviting hideaway that breathes peace and harmony into anyone who sets foot into it.
In short, the modern home is a space that projects calm, that attracts and welcomes, just as Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto’s homes did at the beginning of the 20th century (sometimes we must look to the past if we are to move forward).
Contemporary art must also be a major feature in the interiors, taking nearly as much pride of place as the sofa. So that we can surround ourselves by beauty, whether it be an investment or an addiction, enjoy the stories it tells, be struck with awe and simply delighted. Although it can also feature for decorative purposes (if gallery owners and artists do not mind my saying so), buying art is not about finding that “oil painting that matches the armchair” or “the bronze sculpture that fits in with the wallpaper”. Works of art have a life of their own, they breathe like individual beings and we must fall in love with them because they talk to us, reel us in and tell us something new about ourselves that we would be unable to tell any better.
But obviously: every home, just as with people, needs a different setting. Imposing rules would break its very essence. Although, one word of advice: when it comes to interior design, let yourself go, draw on the best you have to offer and dare to discover yourself. Pursue these things that seem crazy and you will triumph. The best interior design (and the modern home) is only for the brave.