Located in the resort town of Antibes, between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, Cap d’Antibes Villa by Denis Bodino of DRC Studio & Christine Bodino Design | The Hardt
Just an absolutely gorgeous design by Denis Bodino, head of the architecture and design agency “Design Realization Concept “ in Cannes, has just created a splendid new contemporary home, unlike any other, situated in the magnificent setting of the Cap d’Antibes. Congratulations on the completion of a beautiful project. The 4,843 ft² (450 m²) villa is built on a flat terrain covering a surface area of over .5 acres (2,000 m²) Denis Bodino planned the building as a composition of interlinked, extended and intertwined volumes with tile eaves, giving the structure a dynamic and aerial dimension. He played astutely with full and empty spaces, lightening the volumes so as to allow sunlight to flow freely into the interior of the villa. The sunshades that protect several of the glass panels provide shade and privacy, and the facade is enhanced with natural raw materials like wood and stone, to contrast with the radical aspect of contemporary architecture. The contrast effect is pushed to its limit in the heart of the building by a structural element designed as a suspended monolith covered with dressed stone, evoking great weight and mass by virtue of its dimensions, but in fact a veritable sculpture, “floating” above a long basin, which directs your gaze right towards the sea as soon as you enter the villa.
The use of materials such as mirrors that act as a casing, in particular for the main entrance door and other architectural elements, added to the numerous glass perspectives, serve to highlight the clean, crisp lines of the villa and to underscore the sense of airiness of the structure as a whole. The choice of the colors and materials used for the facade contribute to creating a symbiotic relationship between the villa and the natural environment of the Cap d’Antibes, with its plant and mineral life, and a panorama of maritime pine forests. In keeping with the same the concern for authenticity, the swimming pool was specially devised as a “mirror” pool, with a streamlined look & feel. The use of stone was chosen so that the colors would blend in perfectly with the surroundings and, in addition, give the pool the aspect of a natural freshwater source amidst the greenery.
Using the sleek, pared-down style that has become his hallmark, Bodino designed the interior of the villa as an open, unbroken space; the living areas flow together without any boundaries: the outdoors becomes the indoors and vice versa. Beauty and convenience are one and the same thing. The large living area, for example, is designed as a single, unique living space with a living room, dining room and an open-plan kitchen in the background, all of which open directly onto the garden and the sea. As for the bedrooms upstairs, each has its own bathroom and dressing room and all of them meet the requirements: to make the most of the sea view and the greenery, whether you’re in your bed, shower or bathtub. You can move freely between the different spaces; all of the rooms are inundated with light thanks to the large surfaces in glass. The interior design is the work of Christine Bodino : no one can possibly understand better than she the architectural vision of her brother, Denis, and know how to place her carefully selected furnishings with the same love of architecture, creating a harmonious decor perfectly adapted to the structure’s crisp, clean architectural lines and volumes. She continues to astound us with her artistic knowledge and flair, as well as her savvy choices that result in an interior décor sublimated and finely attuned to the art of good living.
To decorate the villa, Christine focused on furniture and accessories signed by contemporary designers: R. Dordoni, Eero Saarinen, Sori Yanagy, Kelly Wearstler, Vico Magistretti, Carlos Scarpa, Gamfratesi, M. Anastassiades. The choice of textured materials in the fabrics used (creative fabrics: velvet, linen, crushed flax, silk, and more), give the home a soft, warm touch. Visitors are astonished by the playful and poetic note provided the magically suspended mobile with its brass pastilles reflecting the sunlight dancing on the water. The swimming pool and pool house are equipped with minimal furnishings so that they fit into the natural surroundings as discreetly as possible.
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