Opulent meets minimal: The pool house

Posted By Elena Gardin / May 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

This is why we’d like to share the sophisticated pool house designed by Belgian interior architect Arjaan De Feyter:

1// In a nutshell:

What captured most our interest is the seamless blend of opulent red marble stone and a contrasting minimal interior design concept at the same time. The sophisticated pool house S-W is a collaboration between Belgian interior architect Arjaan De Feyter and Herman Boonen studio. The project represents an excellent example of De Feyter’s design practice based on a custom-tailored approach that considers all interior elements as a unique body, capable to translate the needs and aspirations of the client in an elevated architecture language.

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated poorhouse by Arjaan De Feyter

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated poorhouse by Arjaan De Feyter

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated poorhouse by Arjaan De Feyter

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated pool house by Arjaan De Feyter

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated poorhouse by Arjaan De Feyter

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated pool house by Arjaan De Feyter

Eclectic Trends | Sophisticated pool house by Arjaan De Feyter

All pictures by Piet-Albert Goethals

2// What draw our attention the most:

Undoubtedly, the eye-catching feature of the Pool house is the red travertine bar located in the living room. The unique piece, that stands as a sculptural element in the space, is at the core of the design project. As Arjaan De Feyter states: ‘I had a sample of the red travertine for almost fifteen years. I wanted to use this kind of stone already for a long time but I had to find the right project and the right people for it.’

De Feyter’s words reveals the fundamental role both materials and clients have got in the studio’s practice. Also, the Travertino Rosso marble influenced the use of the other materials, such as the wooden cupboards with integrated gas fireplace in brushed tinted oak. There is a calm and essential spirit in this space: all things unnecessary are stripped away but without compromising functionality and comfort. Every element is carefully chosen such as the dark wooden cupboard, so austere and minimal which hides a double bed hidden next to the fireplace.

3// The bigger picture

We are observing two directions referring to the use of stone:

Marble has been around for a while, however after the first fever of white and black, then green and pink shades, now more exotic colors start being used while this is only possible when working with excellent artisans and craftsmen.

Young designers experiment with alternatives and a type of marble simulacra such as plaster techniques achieving perfection or printed surfaces of Google Earth imagery.

In any case, there is still much room to invent materials and surfaces that realistically mimic natural stone with a consistent and uniform look of imperfections and veins…

elena

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