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Mara Pardo Estudio
Santander, Spain | View Map
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Private Houses
David Montero
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Interior furnitureKartell
Interior lightingArtemide
Tolomeo Wall Lamp
Interior furnitureCasual
Interior furnitureINCLASS Design
Interior lightingMade

Product Spec Sheet
Interior furniture
Interior lighting
Tolomeo Wall Lamp by Artemide
Boho by Faus
Interior furniture
by Casual
Interior furniture
Interior lighting
by Made


Mara Pardo Estudio as Architects

If there is something that makes you fall in love with this house when you enter, it is the light that floods every corner. 

And it is the light that comes from the Cantabrian Sea that is right in front of it, in the Sardinero Beach in Santander, inviting you to a walk on the sand and enjoy the freedom of the breeze that comes through the windows with the smell of saltpeter.

The studio of interior designer Mara Pardo wanted to preserve the old air of this stately home that she found in poor condition, recovering the height of the ceilings and maintaining the original woodwork of the windows, offering the opportunity for a new life after a disastrous reform of the 60s that destroyed moldings and the original distribution, dividing the plant into 2 houses.

The kitchen, in the same gray color of the old windows, was integrated with large sliding doors that disappear completely according to the need of each moment of conviviality.

The dining room, close to the bay window and the kitchen, becomes the protagonist of all eyes framed by a North Star. 

Sitting on the sofa or on the veranda, you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of vacationers and in winter the sound of the sea, which, with the empty beach, reaches the house.

Tolomeo wall lights by Artemide,  LS 990 mechanisms by Jung and the black "componibili" by Kartell add a very contemporary touch among the soft textiles by Pardo Interior in the master bedroom .

The balloons of JuanjoViota's work float on the wall and mark a yellow thread that is linked in the chairs, the sofa or the details of the Pardo Family tableware and that runs through the house to the bedrooms.

What was the brief?
When the new owners arrived they found 3 very small bedrooms without closets, a living room with a dark and poorly used area, a bathroom and a toilet, plus a disproportionately large kitchen compared to the total space of the house.

The main thing was to find a rational distribution and make the most of the living space and light.
So they decided to make two larger rooms with large closets and add the blind area of the living room to the master bedroom to get a bathroom.

What were the key challenges?
To create a sense of continuity and spaciousness, and to make the most of the limited 65 m2 of the house, the partitions of the kitchen and bathrooms are not closed to the ceiling but communicate visually with a glass that isolates them but always allows you to look beyond the space between the 4 walls.

What materials did you choose and why? 
The woodwork blends with the walls and ceiling creating a "light box" effect to highlight a few but essential pieces.

On a continuous neutral background and the black and white chevron wallpaper that is repeated in the kitchen and in the bedroom, the spaces are not interpreted as isolated, but as a visual continuity of the daily actions that we perform at home.

This vital line continues in the master bedroom, simple but colorful, together with the green bathroom that evokes the view of the terrace which, facing south, floods the room with sunshine.


Material Used :
2. Interior lighting: Tolomeo (Artemide)  MADE
3. Interior furniture: KARTELL, INCLASS, CASUAL 
4. Juanjo Viota (paints) NUMA, PARDO INTERIOR

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