The best sustainable villas in the world

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On today’s post we’re telling you about some of the essential elements which define iLuxenio’s activity. Our subject is not other but the construction of sustainable villas.

After reading this post, you’ll know what actually means a sustainable home, which elements are them composed of. As well as the reasons of the customers to choose this kind of construction. Finally, after explaining you the current scenario for these, we’ll leave you a list with the best sustainable villas in the world.

A sustainable home is that which bases its performance and construction on sustainability principles. This will imply a clean energy consumption and even energy self-sufficiency. We can also talk about homes made of ecological materials, or which performance (apart from coming from clean energy), it doesn’t provoke any impact on the environment.

The main reasons for buyers to go for sustainable villas are:

  • Comfort: living in a sustainable house guarantees you the maximum comfort with nature, although visually it doesn’t seem to be like that. Feeling, breathing and touching a home made of fine materials always make you feel good.
  • Health: inside a sustainable villa, it’s impossible to perceive signs of excessive moisture, lack of ventilation, etc. This would help the increasing number of people who suffer from respiratory diseases. As it avoids allergy problems, asthma, migrain or skin irritations.
  • Savings: the fact that sustainable villas are built in the best conditions, talking about thermal insulation, orientation, or cross ventilation would mean that it’s easier to reach a constant temperature and that it wouldn’t require a greater energy performance for it, due to low-quality enclosures, or an inadequate construction as much as for materials as for home’s orientation. If we really want to have a full sustainable home, we won’t regret about the great advantage it brings at long-term.
  • Regulations: the Technical Building Code (TBC), on its Basic Document of Energy Savings binds all new constructions before December 31st 2020 to be considered as nearly-zero energy.
  • Lifestyle: if you feel yo owe nature, ori f you think you could be more responsible with it. The peak of a healthy lifestyle isn’t only affecting to diet or exercising, but to all the activities we’re daily doing.

How to identify sustainable villas? Which elements make them different?

First of all, the wealth of natural materials.

Sustainable villas are made of fine and local materials, and make use of them for its correct functioning. We talk about locals because of obtaining easily resources. And because these materials are naturally made for adapting to the environment where they’re extracted and where they’re going to be built.

On the other hand, the plants multitude. Those help to mantain a constant temperature and moisture in the home. Apart from it, it’s ideal to use plants which require of very few water resources an those covered with rain collected water.

Secondly, by its design and orientation.

Sustainable villas projected on a plane seem to be perfect bioclimatic architecture works. But on the ground, these could mean a pain in the neck.

On the ground, the correct orientation of the home could be something impossible to get, or the correct functioning of the house not as efficient as expected. The same thing could happen with design, the work execution has to respect and understand the villa’s performance so the inital purpose of the construction doesn’t ruin itself.

Finally, the use of renewable energies and technological elements.

Sustainable villas are match really well with technology, although we apparently match sustainability with natural and ecological. Technology is able to control some certain elements of the villa in order to reach ideal temperature conditions (smart home). And obviously, another differential element would be to see renewable energy devices joined to one of the adjacent parts of the villa.

After knowing these features of sustainable villas, here we leave below some of the best sustainable villas in the world:

sustainable villasYing Yang House by: Brooks+Scarpa

It’s a full efficient villa located at Venice, California. It’s a single-family home which adapts to the needs of a family with children.

sustainable villasZEB Pilot House by: Snøhetta

It’s located in Norway and it’s the perfect example to build rustic sustainable villas.

sustainable villasLa Casa de los Vientos: José Luís Muñoz

It’s a villa located in the province of Cádiz. From its balcony you can watch Sotogrande, the Mediterranean Sea and even the Rock of Gibraltar.

sustainable villasS-House by: KO+KO architects

In this case, the villa not only stands out for its meandering shape with S form. But for being one of the fews which provides itself with geotermal energy.

 

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The most renowned luxury residential interior designers’ creations

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On today’s post we’re telling you about the most renowned professionals working as the figure of an interior designer, and their most outstanding creations.

We’ll start talking about Pepe Leal, the inspiration for his projects comes especially from travels and art. He is an unconstrained and an innovative interior designer who likes using natural elements with a cosmopolitan hint.

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Work for Portugal’s embassy facilities  (Pic: revista AD)

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Portugal’s Embassy suite bathroom (Pic revista AD)

We go on with Beatriz Silveira, who although never loses her classical style she always looks forward to pursue luxury. Beatriz has always been a passionate for antiques and rare objects.

My main objective when I face a project is to understand the sensitivity, tastes and life style of my customers, turning their homes’ decoration into a especially exciting and inclusive moment for them” says Beatriz on her website.

Here down below we’re showing you some of her most outstanding creations:

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Turquoise Lamp (Web pic: Beatriz Silveira)

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Rustic Chic living room (Pic Web Beatriz Silveira)

Another project we should stand out at luxury industry is the restaurant ‘Urban Blue’ designed by Manuel Espejo.

Four stately appearance living rooms and a hall shape this creation developed by Manuel. About the lighting, it’s been a very detailed resource in order to give the restaurant a dignified and bourgeois style.

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Restaurant “Urban Blue” (Web pic Manuel Espejo)

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Restaurant “Urban Blue” (Web pic Manuel Espejo)

Or Casa Palacio Atocha 34 also externally decorated by Espejo with a soberb red classic façade placed at the Barrio de las Letras in Madrid.

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Casa Palacio Atocha 34 (Web pic  Manuel Espejo)

Miriam Alía also has a special guift as an interior designer, she makes antiques fresh and turn them into unique spaces. Miriam finds these historical shining pieces and mix them with the most trendy and simple furnitures. It’s curious to discover how these antique pieces add freshness tos paces and turn them into unique places. Her projects have a natural and discrete luxury involved into a bustling color palette where most of the times pink leads the creation.

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Dining room space Westwing (Pic web Miriam Alía)

For Virginia Nieto luxury doesn’t go out of fashion and the style of this interior architect either. For her, travelling helps to stimulate her creations with a warm, elegant and timeless style.

Virginia uses textures and fabrics with a handy and modern furnituring while chasing comfort. Meanwhile, her unconditional love for antiques and special objects’ restoration allows to empower of soul each corner of a home, designing it according to their inhabitants’ tastes and needs. She has very important projects as much in office as in luxury residential.

Atrevida Home (Pic from Virginia Nieto)

Conversely we find Erico Navazo, a restful and elegant interior designer, but subtle and natural at the same time. He is real wood fan, he creates dazzling spaces, with no artifices and with well chosen pices which suit a quiet and balanced atmosphere. They say of Erico that he’s a ‘whisperer of spaces’, as he proves his abilities to dialogue with rooms and to show their true beauty.

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Space decorated by Erico Navazo interior designer (Pic from Erico Navazo)

We want to mention too, the interior designer Diego Rodríguez who is an art déco passionate, he never loses sight of elegance nor personal character, Diego is a strong advocate of recreating spaces and living, all of his creations have a refined and pristine signature. Diego Rodríguez is one of the most renowned interior and decoration designers in Spain, whose studi Concepto DR works with Italian luxury brands, as Molteni or Minotti. He has a very characteristic style specially at creativity and design. He has succeed with his works in Paris, Londres or Mexico. We also want to highlight his ability to assign technology at home. A very present answer for this era.

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Living room –Saint-Gobain Space (Pic from: Casa Decor)

To sum up, we could highlight to these interior designers but there are plenty of them, many veteran (working on luxury, of course) and other newcomers ready to bring war. An others who have made a name in the top list of Spanish interior designers, as those above mentioned. We can’t forget to name Raúl Martins with his own space for Natuzzi or Jens Porsche with his bold colour and pattern mix which define the luxury of living “always beautiful”. Another designer to name is Almudena Rebuelta Domeneq with a warmer and more modern luxury view.

 

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The last breaking trends in luxury decoration

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Beyond tastes, styles and colours, there are infallible tricks in decoration, those which work a 100% sure. That’s why we’re telling you about the last trends in luxury decoration, with the new year come beautiful things, colours and details in decoration. This is what trends tell us about decoration for 2018.

The growing use of technology and social media allow us to know quickly and easily about trends and styles in interior decoration. We’ll show you the main design trends and luxury decoration for 2018, in a series of concepts that we’ve encountered to keep you updated.

Vintage is in vogue, this decoration is based on getting back old elements, and refurbish them in order to give our decoration a more trendy and modern hint. Another style which is boosting decoration trends for this 2018 is the renovated classic style, to create original environments.

Hereafter we’re telling you the trends in luxury decoration for this 2018:

Colour

Plenty of warm and earthy colours instead of the minimalist variety from the last seasons. Sienna, bronze, terracotta, green mold and reddish hues are seen in rooms’ walls, as they’re seen too on furnitures and decoration ítems.

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Kitchens

Marble is still the favourite material for kitchens although the current aspect looks way more discreet. Instead of Carrara’s marble, we can see green and brown marble. Marble foundations are thinner.

Other proposals go for black kitchens, which bring a contemporary and sophisticated aspect, especially if they mix with interior plants. The black colour applies to metal, painted wood and stone, even to the sink.

The trend of hiding homewares and crockery doesn’t exist anymore, now we see glass-door wardrobes and open shelves to show those dishes. Home appliances as refrigerators, dishwashers and kitchen stoves are elements proner to be hidden in the kitchen.

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Living rooms

Luxury decoration shapes are organic or geometric. Among geometrical designs we can see stripped shapes and among organic shapes many curved chairs and hand-painted wallpapers.

Regarding to styles and materials these include terrazzo, velvet, ottomans, and side tables, lamps, copper objects, glazed ceramics. Upholstery cloth keep being a breaking trend in luxury decoration.

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Bathrooms

Colour continues to be the player in the bathroom, for tiles and sinks and baths. We can see colours as pale plum, greyish blue, dark green, beige, brown and charred.

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Materials

Warm materials for floors and walls they will substitute to cold white-hued or neutral materials. Unlike the 80’s, they’ll have a natural matt finishing and then they’ll be used for floorings and walls’ coatings, as for chimneys.

Cork adds warmth and texture to spaces, and it’s also ideal to isolate from the noise inside our homes. It can be used at furniture production, but also for walls’ coatings.

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Currently, wooden bedheads are the most trendy, but in 2018, upholsted beadheads will dominate the market.

They are a traditonal element to decorate luxury bedrooms, but their use has been retaken in the last few years.

Whether you choose a traditional model in neutral hues with buttons, or a velvet model, this kind of element adds eye-catching luxury and glamour to a room. They’ll also be applicable to those decorated with nail heads.

The last trend is to create little spots to disconnect from all the technology sorrounding us. A little interior garden is a perfect chance for it. A squashy sofa facing the interior garden could bring us great comfort for a relaxing time contacting the plants.

Yet metallics hues are used, as they are copper, bronze and golden, but those will give way to more industrial metals as they are black steel or burnished metals. Brass, polished nickel, and silver are returning. But still the mix of warm and cold metals will be used, as iron and bronze.

Black stainless steel is winning, and it’s going to dominate at appliances this and the following years. As it’s very elegant and combines with every kind of decoration and design.

Natural materials as wood, clay or wicker will replace marble, this was very trendy in the last years. The natural texture, it’ll also be applicable to drive attention to the rooms. Dark woods are emerging for furniture usage in 2018.

Presently people prefer private designs. It’s about separating spaces for a greater comfort and practicality.

Tiles are applicable for baths and kitchens coatings, but current trends, will tend to diminish the surface’s size.

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Wallpapers, as watercolor strokes or huge painted flowers, apart from creating a powerful aspect in the rooms, they’ll also be breaking the market.

It’s about creating a full-scale piece of art.

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Pieces with worn-out aspect are in too, those add much tecture and personality to a room.

Geometric prints will be in for curtains, bed linens, cushions.

 

Other trends boosting the luxury decoration market will be:

  • burlap
  • natural colours
  • industrial style furnitures
  • open shelves
  • painted furnitures
  • natural fiber carpets
  • modern details from the middle 20th century, among others…

 

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The importance of taking care of details in home interior décor

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On today’s blog we are telling you what kind of interior décor is suitable for each four seasons of the year and what parts are able to cause a greater impact at the time of decorating your home.

In general, the interior décor is simplified to the mixture and elements’ overlap which make sense between themselves.

We’ll tell you the keys of a detailed and a versatile décor:

Mixing textures:

The different rugosities, as much on walls or in furnitures would make that we sense some movement and life in the room.

Counting on several elements such as fabrics would help to sense better this sensation, and a heavy amount of elements could ruin our good intentions.

Integrating decorations:

Adding accessories or decorative elements help to emphasise a room’s décor.

We talk about elements which are different from the standard furnituring of the home, paintings, clocks, lamps or cushions.

Those will improve our design brightness in the decoration.

Specially if the colours of this are according to the room’s colour  or adds light and emphasis to the painting.

Hints must be temporary:

This kind of accessories help when you want to make a little change in your home.

Temporality is a key element for an interior décor lover, so this must be according to each season of the year and to each special event.

Inside of this, trend plays a fundamental role, but we always have to choose elements easy to change and which don’t provoke great efforts.

Taking care of proportion:

To hang a piece of art or a very small painting on great dimension walls will make these to lose on the walls.

Proportion has to play a fundamental role so there’s an adequate balance between the decorative element and the own house’s installation.

The same thing will happen with a pic or a very big print on a low wall or with very few space margin.

Taking care of strenght:

We refer to the walls’ colours, if you’re not sure ask for a simple so you check how it’ll result.

It’s illumination, the quantity of layers to be applied and the rest of decorative elements which are able to change tone’s perception.

What parts of a home are more attractive to decorate?

The heart of a home is divided between the living room and the kitchen.

And apart from that, both are the reference to define the style that the rest of the home could have.

A detailed kitchen and a  prepared living room for each season of the year could augur well what we are going to find.

We’re telling you some advices so they both look well-crafted and well maintained:

To use natural fabrics, specially linen and cotton which are very adaptable to the summer and winter.

Neutral colours for our living rooms’ walls, as white is, gives naturalness to the rest of the furniture.

The same as for a living room, for a kitchen’s interior décor some factors have to be taken into account as lightening is.

It’s about avoiding to have a very beautiful kitchen but very difficult to clean.

We have to take advantage from walls, to find symbiosis with appliances’ and furniture colours, etc.

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Which interior décor can I apply to each season of the year?

 Autumn: For this season of the year in which we all feel like staying at home, we advice colours which provide us with warmth and peace.

As the mustard or ochre are, and of course all of earth colours: terracotta, tan, brown or chocolate.

Using natural floral elements for our furnitures, as they are flowers or dry plants.

Finally, using wood so we get a rustic style for our interior décor.

Winter: To use velvety materials, very smooth and which would provide us with heat to our home, wool for our carpet, or the mohair for a blanket.

To use strong colours which provides with visual heat to the environment or the use of unpholstered furniture.

For the bathroom, an iroko timber which is very resistant to humidity.

Spring: The light returns to enter and we take advantage of it to put curtains with bright colours and natural fabrics.

This time we take advantage for use more colourful and dynamic plants for décor. To apply the ‘floral print’ to our walls with conventional prints.

Summer: We’ll use pastel colours or very clear, which reflect exterior light.

A general bright décor where blue tones prevail, paisley printing cushions.

Therefore to paint white the wood and if we have a terrace, to refurbish it with green plants tones.

So with a canopy and chill out furniture we can enjoy of them.

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Following those advices and making inquiries to a good interior designer the success of your décor is guaranteed.

But, what would be about a luxury villa without a décor up to it? In iLuxenio we ensure that results are perfect.

Write all of your queries to us for receiving more information about this subject and don’t hesitate to contact us in iluxenio@iluxenio.com

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Why to have an infinity pool?

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As many of us have already seen in the best resorts of the world , it’s imposible to imagine a luxury hotel in a dream location without an infinity pool which allows us to enjoy while having a bath inside it and without a step or people walking to cover the views.

We’ll explain briefly these pools’ working system and we’ll keep giving you reasons to have your own infinity pool.

Literally talking, an infinity pool is that one which creates an optical illusion in which it seems that the water reachs out the perpetual horizon.

Therefore, the investment required to this kind of complex and sophisticated architecture is justified.

It covers when we see on its results how the sea reflects, or the landscape , it directly blends in with that which is visually in front of us

And in the same water in we reflect ourselves and without any kind of visual residue that isn’t natural,

The results are simply amazing.

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To understand better how this endless horizon effect is produced, this kind of swimming pool has in some of its copings an appoximate space of 2 centimetres which is used as a water gutter.

Once the water falls it accumulates and it pumps at the bottom, getting back clean to the stream current of the infinity pool,

Which makes it much cleaner than a traditional pool with Skimmer system, that would need double work.

infinity poolPicture: Gunitec

This kind of infinity pool construction is the favourite for landscapes’ lovers architects for the aesthetical reasons, but we can’t stop telling about the technical factor of these.

For making the result as spectacular as its own construction, these pools are built in areas in which the landscape is of great beauty an so while you swim or you rest , you relax watching the infinite.

Cliffs, mountain summits or clayey soils in front of the beach and that will imply that its orography will be complicated as well.

So we have to be very careful with hydraulic engineering calculation, any technical failure will be fatal.

As much for the slope of all of the walls and pools copings, as for the back water channel, and in respect with the space under the pool we can’t forget to leave enough so the filtration equipments, compensation container, etc., can work well.

To situate us, the space required which will have to be kept for equipments and other technical elements will correspond to 10% of the required surface for the construction.

An infinity pool is a very convenient element for luxury, exclusive construction, so its installation provides us a subtlety and elegance sensation which only luxury villas can have, as the ones we have build and we project in iLuxenio.

The infinity pool cause on us a great relax and wellness sensation.

That’s because, from above the pool’s walls, we don’t find any obstacle between the water and horizon.

And the fact that any abrupt movement moves the water towards the copings and draining gaskets make the creation of ‘infinity’pleasure and reflection moments.

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The most remarkable advantages of infinity pools are:

  • The plain layer generated in the surface reflects everything which has in front of it.
  • So that, added to the lack of obstacles, becomes camouflaged with the environment.
  • Since it could be perfectly a decor element of a zen style villa.
  • It has more equitable distribution of chemicals to keep better the health and water quality (chlorines).
  • The cleanliness and filtration water system is more optimizable than the Skimmer traditional system,
  • As the water has no circulation limit, its surface’s dirty will keep trapped easier.
  • Therefore, it could be the last straw to make your luxury villa amazing.

Down below you have some of themost remarkable infinity pool of the world:

The longest infinity pool of the world:

It’s in Singapur, at Marina Bay Sands Hotel and it has a total lenght of 340 metres.

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 Picture: Twisted Sifter

The most vertiginous infinity pool of the world:

It’s in Hong Kong at Indigo Hong Kong Island Hotel

It works as a skybar, a bar over the sky, and  its  floor is transparent.

Do you want a cocktail at a height seeing Hong Kong’s skyline?

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Picture: El Economista


Red pool in Thailand: It’s The Library Koh Samui villas complex,

The pool floor has a yellow, red and orange tiles mosaic.

The result of the illuminated pool:

In the night it’s a spectacle which you can see from any point of Chaweng coast.

infinity pool roja Picture: MyWonderPlanet

What do you think of infinity pools? Would you like to have your own infinity pool? Do you think they match up with an elegant decoration as the one we propose in iLuxenio?

Write us all of your suggestions to receive more info about this and other subjects to iluxenio@iluxenio.com

 

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.

Elegance in the luxury houses

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From iLuxenio we propose a luxurious way of life, with our villas and luxury houses in the most exclusive zones and the most quoted soils.

A term tied to this is the elegance, which fits perfectly with a model of luxury house and sustainable villa

In which they reign harmony, coordination of elements and its resilience regarding to the environment in which it is.

For managing to reach the elegance in any construction is almost indispensable the use of noble and natural materials

Materials which transmit a sober and lacking language in ornaments that strengthens the simple lines and the most contemporary style of architecture or that simply they remember us this sensation that we always must be in contact with and to be conscious of the availability and the suitable utilization of resources.

As Coco Chanel said: ‘Simplicity is the key of the real elegance. ‘

Great part of the elegance sensation that a villa or a luxury house could transmit comes from the work of the interior design. According to Pantone (X-Rite’s subsidiary) relating agency in the manufacture, design and distribution of colors worldwide.

In all the sectors the trend colour of this 2017 is the Hunter Green or Green Mount, a very deep dark green that has been identified very well in the textile industry in portfolios and clothes in general and which also has established itself in the homes.

The perfect combination for this type of green as a primary colour is the grey, so the shade that provides to it is one of the most elegant connections, according to the renowned interior designer Roberto Lucena from the College of Interior decorators and Designers of Interiors of Puerto Rico.

But he warns us that it’s a color that, because of its depth, it’s to be used with moderation.

The perfect thing is to see it as an accessory, as a sofa, or if we want to go stronger.

We could put a gray armchair with a wall or an area in hunter green.

Lucena emphasises that where it would not correspond the hunter green, is in wide walls since spaces would get too much dark, as well as in big furniture or in carpets.

Apart from grey, blue, yellow, pink and peach would mate perfectly with this type of green.

In general terms, without bearing the trends in mind, if what is wished is the combination of elegance and luminosity for our villas or luxury houses the mixture of colors that always works is white and brown.

The brown puts its style and distinction and the white contributes its luminosity and false extent, when one finds the balance sheet between these two colors for each type of house with its respective features the result is something unique and distinguished.

If the particularity of a design is enough to award an interior design with a singular personality with much less requirements than you imagine, the use of noble materials in luxury houses and villas is another endorsement of guarantee.

Risking with organic design elements is a way of giving a fresh breath air to your villa elegantly.

A very valued material for decoration and construction because of its versatility and variety of lines, is the glass.

Its pure qualities have positioned it as a very showy and subtle element of interiors and exteriors.

And its integration with noble materials as it is the wood give to your design a marked chic style.

In trends of furniture and interior design, it’s not possible to speak about another style that is not the minimalist.

Since you could have seen in our Minimalist catalogue, it’s not necessary to exempt the luxury of this trend.

Although it is true that the confection of interiors under the minimalist principles, is an attainable challenge for the best and more experienced designers of interior, such as the ones we have in iLuxenio.

Following the minimalist design, furniture pieces integration in the same space could lead to the quality and image’s deterioration.

Minimalist in which one piece is the protagonist,  an ideal colours choice, it can give a result more than surprising.

As promoters of sustainable villas and luxury houses our advices for an elegant construction are:

  • Working with an architect with a philosophy and tastes similar to yours.
  • Asking for references of a recent and past projects’ portfolio as the ones you can consult in iLuxenio.
  • The architecture professionals bet this year for intelligent designs.
  • Characterized by several factors as they are the transformable spaces and the interactivity between the zones.
  • The transparent, laminated and brilliant surfaces are some of the aspects that are demonstrated by major force.
  • If one wants to promote the translucency, crystals are the best option.
  • Constructing with natural stones, metals and polished marbles.
  • The natural stone coatings are some very good thermal, acoustic and dampness insulatings for the villas or rustic luxury houses.

Depending on the characteristics of the chosen rock type, we will obtain a result more or less elegant.

As well as of its layers and placement procedures.

A detailed analysis of our luxury house and a decoration using this kind of minimalist elements would fascinate your guesses

At the same time that you make your own house a true home to live.

You can contact with us in: iluxenio@iluxenio.com

iLuxenio, leaders in exclusive and sustainable construction.