Estela Gomez chooses iconic pieces by Let's Pause to underline her concept of peace and organic ambiance
Words by Aneesha Rai in Design & Architecture · Sep 7th, 2023
In this edition of Design House, we move abroad to the Spanish island of Formentera, where a charming refurbishment by Estela Gomez brings to life a home within a former lighthouse on the Balearic island. Gomez chose iconic pieces by Let’s Pause to underline her concept of peace and organic ambiance. The new project is anyone’s dream home: a dwelling inspired by nature looking over the sea, a place set apart from the hustle and bustle of Formentera island.
The home comprises two distinct sections: one with a historic heritage, and the other a contemporary addition. The original portion has undergone a comprehensive restoration, with a deep commitment to preserving the traditional construction methods of Formentera. Its walls have been meticulously finished with limestone plaster, while juniper timber beams support the ceilings. The substantial exterior walls and quaint original windows have been retained, serving to regulate the interior temperature and shield occupants from the sweltering summer heat.
The contemporary addition stands adjacent to the original structure, upholding the essence of Mediterranean minimalism. It's the older section that imparts a robust character to the entire residence, boasting an authentic facade with its substantial stone walls. In pursuit of enhanced practicality, all bathrooms and the kitchen have been revamped, featuring floors adorned with micro-cement finishes.
In order to offset the light coming through the small window openings, skylights have been incorporated; bathing the interior of the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom in exquisite overhead natural light. The interior design adheres to the traditional island aesthetic, incorporating exclusively organic fabrics and materials such as linen for the bedrooms and untreated timber for various elements.
The furniture and decorative items by Let's Pause seamlessly integrate into the spaces, imparting a natural and organic allure through meticulously crafted pieces fashioned from materials such as esparto, fique fibers, poplar wood, and more.
One of the most beautiful views is framed from the master bedroom by a panoramic exterior window; right underneath that window is a work table with two stools for working, writing, and savouring breakfast.
Outdoors, the kitchen is thoughtfully designed as an al fresco living area, seamlessly linking with the porch and a swimming pool. This design fosters a seamless flow that promotes an outdoor lifestyle, inviting fresh air, water, and the refreshing sea breeze to be enjoyed with friends and family. The covered porch features a spacious dining table, while the pool area offers inviting hammocks and a built-in bench, encouraging relaxation and tranquility.
Images courtesy Jordi Sarra