The British fashion and interiors designer reveals the thinking behind his gorgeous suite at La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Deià.
WITH HIS DAZZLING floral patterns, dreamy aquamarine hues and luscious bird and butterfly prints, you could say Matthew Williamson’s work was made for Mallorca. Now the British fashion and interiors designer is bringing his signature style to La Residencia: this season, look forward to staying in a fabulous new suite designed by Deià’s latest artistic resident. He tells us what drew him to the island and his ideas for the space.
“I fell in love with Deià the first moment I arrived. I’d enjoyed a scenic drive up into the mountains and through the pretty town of Valdemossa. Deià is such a hidden gem and I really felt it was a place I wanted to explore more. A year after my first visit, I bought a small house in the area and have loved every minute of being there. I spend my days walking along the coastal paths with my dog or renovating my house. Next on my list I want to create a painting studio/office space so I can work from home. Deià’s a very friendly village and I’ve loved meeting all the locals. I’m also enjoying a slower pace to that of my lifestyle in London.
“For suite 67 at La Residencia I’ve taken inspiration from the hotel’s rich history, the local architecture and scenery, and worked with nearby craftspeople and artists. These were my starting points and the backbone of my aesthetic. I also wanted to inject the project with my own brand DNA, so colour and pattern were important. I’ve aimed for a fashionable, contemporary home-from-home while retaining a rustic charm.
“The suite was a blank canvas. It has a lovely calming quality, with magnificent views from its terrace, but also a vibrant personality. When you first enter, you encounter a wonderful outdoor snug area where you can enjoy shade from the sun or cocktails before dinner. I considered every detail carefully and created different areas for different occasions.
“I’m hoping the suite will bring beaming smiles to the faces of all its future guests and will help to create some wonderful holiday memories.”
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