Coming up with an original space can be a difficult task. Most of the time, even if we don’t realize it and we think we are doing something new, we are just following a trend and somehow repeating what we have seen in a magazine, bar, restaurant or at friend’s house. Sometimes, even if we do have an original concept in mind, we don’t have the funds to follow it through or the space itself is not in tune with the style we have thought of. That is why I find myself smiling when I see an interior that is different and unique but also manages to mirror the place it is located. Every time I come across such an example I also consider that it must be the result of a successful relationship between the interior designer or architect and client, the right balance, where the client trusts the interior designer and the interior designer is able to interpret the client’s needs and create something that represents their personality. The hotel La Minervetta in Sorrento, designed by one of its owner Marco de Luca, is all this: it is gorgeous, it is marine, it is original and the renovation was in all probability not overly expensive.
Photos by Bernard Touillon for Cotè Sud Avril-Mai 2012.
29 October 2013