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that would provide sightlines through the house. “It was also important to provide a variety of formats for living and entertaining,” the designer says. “The owners and their guests have the freedom to move to different areas during the course of an evening. But every room is connected to the exterior view, and to key artworks.” Santa-Cruz says the owners’ existing art collection was a starting point for the interior. The rest of the design was influenced by their appreciation for the Art Deco period, and classic modern furniture from the ’20s right through to the present. “A traditional English or Europeaninspired interior was not the look required for this project. The owners wanted a far more eclectic, contemporary design. “I was most concerned, however, that the interior should not look contrived. I wanted it to look as though it had been put together by the owners themselves. Not everything has to match, for example.” Santa-Cruz says creating an interior with objects and furniture of different search | save | share at styles comes down to careful editing. “It is all about finding a common design language, so these items can begin to talk to each other. For this project, that language came from an international understanding – the owners are well travelled and could appreciate the value of the pieces we sourced in Paris, New York, Buenos Aires and online. “In every room there is a balance, and it’s not just a balance of colour and texture, but also a balance in the provenance of the pieces.”