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15
Jul

Interview with Manuel Villanueva of Moredesign

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“Don´t despair. Things happened to me when I thought I had failed, and I realized I was just getting ready for the important things to come. Enjoy life, listen to people, read a lot, keep a child mind, water your feminine side (if you are a man) and your masculine side (if you are a woman).”

Manuel Villanueva

Mediterranean architecture. Timeless design. Sensitive use of raw materials. Pure lines and genuine craftsmanship. Simple yet rich. A fusion between authentic Mallorquin architecture and innovative approach. Serene houses that blur the line between indoor and outdoor living. Summed up in one sentence: Residential architecture has never been so beautiful as in the work of the architecture and design studio Moredesign. Most of you know for my books and for different design magazines I had more than 150 interviews with the best architects and designers of our time. But if I have to choose an architect for designing my own house he would be Manuel Villanueva of Moredesign. I hope you enjoy the interview with Manuel as much as I did.

What does a happy day in the life of Manuel Villanueva look like?

I wake up very early, the first one in the house, work or exercise a bit, prepare mentally for the day,  wake my kids up, get breakfast ready, take them  to school,  and then the “fun” begins. Sometimes I go directly on site, others to the office.


Do you have a daily routine?

Yes, starting with a glass of homemade lemon juice.

When did you first discover your love of architecture?

I started architecture following my sister. I liked what I saw she was doing. But my love came later as I progressed through the university, and specially reading in the library for hours and hours and hours.


Is there something that connects all your projects?

Yes, the same desire to create a Mediterranean architecture – simple, raw, full of beauty, born from a constant dialogue with the clients.

Looking back at your first project, what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

I will consider my first project the first one I did under Moredesign. Before then I had done multiple projects in different offices, but they weren’t mine. Our first project as Moredesign happened in 2011. I wouldn’t change a thing. Probably I was less experienced but we also had a very clear vision of what we wanted to achieve. We (my partner Oro and I) only had one project. We drew all the project together, just him and me, and I would walk to the site from my house every other day.


What architecture moves you most?

Any architecture that shares the same passion for the local traditions, taken a step further. The use of natural and ecological materials. The serene and timeless beauty. I am naturally attracted to all the architecture that happens in the Mediterrenean but also look toward Belgium for its mastery of the materials, to Asia like Studio Mumbai.

What are the most important design elements?

The intricate relations between architecture, landscape and interior design as a single act.


How does your house look like?

My house was built in the 70s. I’ve been working on it since I bought it 6 years ago… little by little.

If you had no limits, what would be your dream project?

A library.


What do you love to do when you aren’t designing?

Being on the sea in my Llault (Mallorquin boat).

What are your favorite books?

Anything written by Bolaño, also his poetry, Cortazar (Rayuela). Also everything written by Borges, Raymond Carver, Alice Munro, etc.


What are your favorite places in Mallorca?

The North coast.

What does success mean to you?

Success means doing what I love to do. Having a client calling me to have a dinner 8 years later. Seeing how their life has flourished in our houses. Seeing the trees grow in their gardens.


Imagine you’re teaching a class in the school of life. What would be your tips?

Don´t despair. Things happened to me when I thought I had failed, and I realized I was just getting ready for the important things to come. Enjoy life, listen to people, read a lot, keep a child mind, water your feminine side (if you are a man) and your masculine side (if you are a woman).



Photos:
Moredesign, AD Spain, House and Leisure, Est Living, Greg Cox

8
Jul

Rustic Stone House on Mallorca

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Ein Blick nach Mallorca in dieses schöne Steinhaus eingebettet in die Serra de Tramuntana. Design: Moredesign.

A look inside a dreamy stone house near Tramuntana mountain on Mallorca. Design: Moredesign.

moredesign

27
Jun

California Living

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Ein Blick nach Kalifornien in das tolle Zuhause der Inhaberin einer US-amerikanischen Olivenölfirma. Styling: Liz Foster.

A look inside the Californian house of the owner of a US olive oil company. Styling: Liz Foster.

photos: Jenna Peffley for Lonny

24
Jun

A Coastal Farmhouse in Australia

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So sieht ein wunderschönes Farmhaus in Australien aus. Sonnigen Wochenstart!

A look inside a charming coastal farmhouse in Australia. Happy new week!

soul via style files

14
Jun

Made in Sweden

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Ein Blick nach Schweden in dieses idyllische Haus. Schönes Wochenende!

A look inside an idyllic home in Sweden. Happy weekend!

photos: Anne Nyblaeus for Skona Hem

11
Jun

25 m² Summer House in Sweden

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Ein Blick nach Schweden in dieses tolle 25 m² Sommerhaus. Sonnigen Wochenstart!

A look inside a 25 m² summer house in Sweden. Happy new week!

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31
Mai

Green Living in the Netherlands

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So sieht ein wunderschönes 40 m² Zuhause mit Garten in den Niederlanden aus. Schönes Wochenende!

A look inside a beautiful 40 m² home in the Netherlands. Happy weekend!

photos: Muk van Lil, Mi Casa

22
Mai

Dreamy Loft with Garden in Argentina

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Ein Blick nach Argentinien in diesen traumhaften Loft mit Garten.

A look inside a dreamy loft with garden in Argentina.

la naccion

20
Mai

A Beautiful Home in Berlin

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Ein Blick nach Berlin in die traumhafte Altbauwohnung von Melanie Kharad – Mama von 3, Gründerin und Geschäftsführerin von Roomoon – ein deutsches Unternehmen, das nachhaltige Kindermöbel und Spielzeug produziert und Umweltbewußtsein und Design vereint. Sonnigen Wochenstart!

A look inside the wonderful home of Melanie Kharad – mom of 3, founder and CEO of Roomoon – German manufacturer that combines sustainability and innovative design for children’s spaces. Happy new week!

photos: Melanie Kharad, Berlin Interior via My Scandinavian Home

13
Mai

Dreamy Home in Madrid

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Ein Blick nach Madrid in dieses traumhafte Zuhause. Design: Andrés Medina. Guten Wochenstart!

A look inside a dreamy home in Madrid. Design: Andrés Medina. Happy new week!

photos: miriam yeleq for mi casa

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