Step inside this contemporary Ibizan home designed for the sunnier side of life

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Photo credit: Manolo Yllera
Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

It’s the ultimate Ibizan dream: a sweeping yoga deck edged with fragrant lavender, from which panoramic views stretch out over the lush countryside towards the Mediterranean coast.

‘The sunsets are amazing, and the outside space is perfect if you come home late and want just one more drink,’ says Ali Pittam of Cancan Design who, along with Roberta Jurado of Box 3 Ibiza, was responsible for kitting out this contemporary property.

Photo credit: Manolo Yllera
Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

Located on the north-west coast of the island, Can Fructu was almost a shell when the pair, who have collaborated on projects in both London and Ibiza for several years, were tasked with bringing the home to life. ‘The owner has a young family, but they also do a lot of entertaining,’ says Roberta, ‘so it’s designed for relaxation, but it’s also a very social house.’

Entering the low-slung property via its full-height front doors, it’s possible to see all the way through to its expansive terraces and glittering infinity pool beyond.

Photo credit: Manolo Yllera
Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

Colour inspiration for the inside and outside space comes from the vast Hermann Nitsch painting that dominates the dining room and subsequent touches of red weave their way through the living areas and out to the al fresco bar. The artwork is part of an impressive collection that is displayed throughout the house in a very organic way.

‘It wasn’t all mapped out,’ Roberta explains. ‘We just looked at where the light was and figured it out as we went along.’

A 1950s sideboard and a sculptural, brass-based table with a sliced marble top also reside in the elegant dining room, while outside the kitchen’s sliding doors is a more casual wooden table for relaxed day use.

Photo credit: Manolo Yllera
Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

The inviting living area is home to a pair of Warren Platner lounge chairs upholstered in House of Hackney fabric. ‘Everyone calls them the crazy bird chairs,’ laughs Ali. ‘They’ve become quite a talking point.’

Formerly uniform bedroom suites have each been given their own personality, too, with bathrooms clad in artisan tiles sourced from Portugal, while the main bedroom is covered in textural hessian wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries.

Photo credit: Manolo Yllera
Photo credit: Manolo Yllera

‘All the other walls are a beautiful matt plaster that looks almost like suede, but here we wanted to change it up a bit, and the paper is the perfect backdrop for the amazing Christian Rosa painting,’ adds Ali. ‘Our aim throughout was to avoid the turquoise and bleached-out materials associated with typical Mediterranean villas. Instead, the vibe is playful, vibrant, welcoming and definitely not too serious.’ @box3ibiza; @cancandesign_

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration June 2021 and ELLE Decoration Country Volume 18

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