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A holiday home with cabanas on the beach

A holiday home with cabanas on the beach

Nicolas Mathéus

One hour from Lisbon, a holiday home and two wooden cabins sit on a sandy beach. It is the successful rehabilitation of an old fisherman's house, made by a duo of decorators. A heavenly house imagined in a unique and warm configuration ... That's enough to go on vacation just in pictures. We love.

Mixing raw materials and vintage design, simplicity and refinement, interior designers Daniel Suduca and Thierry Mérillou reinvented a wooden house and two fishermen's huts on the sand. With a timeless chic holiday home version.

At one hour from Lisbon, the sand as far as the eye can see, the sea and the surrounding rice fields, the slow time to the horizon ... Comporta is the weekend retreat of the high society of Lisbon and the well-to-do intelligentsia. But, hush, nobody here wants the noise to spread.

Between Comporta and the decorators, the story began about fifteen years ago. At each stay, they experienced the unique sensation of softness diluted in the air, the pleasure of setting foot in unspoiled nature and casting off for an authentic region.

When it was proposed to rehabilitate an old fisherman's house, the story was made naturally, as if by instinct. The vernacular construction placed on the dune kept the stigmata of a daily life with modest comfort. His narrow pieces were painted in unexpected colors in order to brighten up the space, but this configuration made them forever unsuited to our time.

At the show, the best of vintage design of the twentieth century. Mallet-Stevens armchairs, virgin of Georges Jouve above the fireplace, John Stefanidis bi-color pedestal table Moritz, Jean Lurçat ceramic table, Jean Royère chair. Textile sculpture of the artist Tapta. Kvadrat canvas and Rubelli cushions on the sofa.

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"We broke the walls for better breathing", explains the duo who installs four bedrooms and their bathrooms. And the other rooms, the kitchen-dining room, the living room? Around the original building and its fig tree in majesty, two new cabins of slightly different size are built in the pure local tradition, roof straw rice, horizontal timber timber and whitewashed walls ... bluffing authenticity and lived we swear they have always been there.

While the site is entrusted to Nuno Carvalho, unequaled master of this ancestral know-how, the friendly advice of landscape gardener Louis Benech favors plant species able to grow in the sand such as the umbrella pine, strawberry tree or myrtle. Between the cork oak forest and the prickly pears, the sun dictates the vanishing points on the landscape.

Life revolves around him, partly on the terraces, essential spots of the art of living in Comporta: on the kitchen side, meals are taken in the shade of the cannisses; under the awning of the main lodge, benches and hammocks favor the time of siesta; the orange evening lights splash on the terrace of the living room. The aim of the decorators was to convey to the house the stylish and warm atmosphere of the Colombe d'Or in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

Successful bet ! Bleached interior walls and beams of monastic whiteness, raw and poor materials, straw, reed, rope, raffia take turns like a rhythmic sequence around beautiful vintage pieces. Here, Calder, Gio Ponti and also Mallet-Stevens, Royère, Lurçat live freely. On the terrace, the bed signed Charlotte Perriand invites you to relax. At the moment, this proven well-being is nothing more than a feeling of refinement diluted in the paradisiacal atmosphere of the holidays.

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On the kitchen side, azulejos lisboètes which covered the bases and baseboards of the walls on which the blue tiles unfolded. Old marble sink.

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Sol y Sombra at mealtime. Under the awning faithful to the vernacular architecture of the region: rice straw and whitewashed horizontal crosspieces. Table drawn by the duo of decorators, Daniel Suduca and Thierry Mérillou.

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Bathtub undulating in one of the bathrooms. On Charlotte Perriand's stool, Caravan towel. Hermès striped bath towel.

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These locally made blinds are an idea of ​​decorators, original variation of the tips used in tropical countries, well integrated into the site.

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Dining room, table designer Olavi Hanninen in the 1960s, Danish chairs from the 1950s. Like most furniture, the chandelier comes from the Galerie Saint-Jacques decorators have opened in Toulouse. On the wall, Jean Lurçat ceramics, Jacques Grange crockery.

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Lamppost Mauritius Pre 1940s.

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Rooms under the sign of art ... Calder tapestry, Jacques Grange lamps and Jacques Adnet seat.

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At the back of the building, a bed in the open air, a shower and the pool to cool off.

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Wooden chair Jean Girelli facing the 1960s ceramic lamp.

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Wicker armchair designed by Gio Ponti for an Italian liner.

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The partition of cannies placed on a wooden frame and its artisanal opening system favor the shade, the view and the passage of the air.

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Rattan chair by Jean Royère.

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On the typical local terrace, armchairs and vintage rattan table of an old villa of the Côte d'Azur.

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Nicolas Mathéus