Founded by Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva, Moredesign is an architectural studio based in Deia, a bohemian town in the north of Mallorca. By working very closely with local builders and artisans, their work fuses contemporary design with a revision of traditional practices and construction methods.
One such example can be seen with Can Anita, a private residence, also located in Deia, which has been almost completely renovated. I love how they integrate old building techniques and old ideas (note the pebble flooring, for example) to achieve a result that is totally fresh and modern. With this 1960s home, MORE set themselves the task of opening spaces up. After omitting auxiliary spaces, they employed the use of reclaimed materials together with carefully selected pieces, such as the stunning copper bath, to create elegant and sophisticated spaces, paying attention to every minute detail. The interior’s earth-tone colours and textures are found throughout the house: natural wood (seating areas, ceiling supports, sliding doors), white walls, neutral-coloured floors and rugged stone (sinks). The combination of these materials, together with classic construction techniques from Mallorca and Morocco, has created a home that reflects the local vernacular while becoming something uniquely modern. Outside, their thoughtful design continues with the implementation of a lusciously shaded landscape, pergola, seating areas and infinity-edged swimming pool overlooking the surrounding hills. Their attention to detail, adherence to practised construction methods and material selection have created a refined and masterfully completed home
The architects explain the project
Sometimes it is the external values that count. In any case, inside the house, which lies on the edge of the Mallorcan artist village Deià, no stone was left unturned. Too small and
the rooms are dark, the various conversions and additions are too angular. But a pretty natural stone facade, an unbuildable hillside plot with a view of the village, the mountains and olive groves that stretch to the sea. And all around a calm that immediately captivated the creative director from London. She had spent her holidays in Deià for ten years, who did not want to be named - and finally resorted to it when the property was for sale in 2011. “The house was exactly what I was looking for. It offers wonderful views of Deià, the right size, a garden and all day sun. You can walk to the village or the beach from here and it had huge potential to create the mix of a traditional Mallorcan and a modern house that I had in mind, ”she says. In order to get a better feeling for the house, she temporarily moved to one of the rooms before the renovation. She stuck to the walls with home magazine tears that inspired her. An artisan who whitewashed a few walls was fascinated by the collage. “He got stuck on one of the photo series. I told him that this was my absolute favorite, and was flabbergasted as well as thrilled when Ser replied that he had worked on this very building and could introduce himself to the architect.