Villa Agave in Mykonos is the Mediterranean home of London-based jewellery designer Diane Kordas and her family. After years vacationing in Mykonos, they finally decided to realize their dream of establishing a base on the island. Their mission was to create a perfect escape that contrasts their hectic lifestyle in London. So, they brought in their close friend, designer Hubert Zandberg, to translate their vision for a chic hideaway overlooking the Aegean Sea.
The idea was to create a home with luxurious feel but still in keeping a clean, contemporary, casual feel. It was important to have the inside feel sheltered yet just an extension of the outside. The pristine setting offered an ability to use pure whites, with splashes of colour, pattern and natural textures to bring out the spaciousness and light airy feeling. “Being so familiar with the island’s topography and weather, they already knew exactly what they wanted in terms of architecture and the layout of the spaces,” says Zandberg. “When it comes to a vacation home, form follows function. Practicalities, such as the way we want to be outdoors in the summer and the needs we’re faced with when hosting a constant flow of guests, all make it crucial to create a sense of comfort.” So Zandberg set the main terrace with robust woven sofas, industrial table and rattan chairs from flea markets in Paris and Brussels.
Inside Villa Agave, he added natural elements and old Hollywood glamour taking inspiration from “the 1960s and ’70s when Mykonos was a glamorous destination for Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and other Greece-bound personalities of the time.” In the dining room, the cut-stone table is a custom made by Zandberg, and it’s surrounded by chic, lightweight director’s chairs. “My friends wanted a calm and serene sanctuary on the first floor of the house,” says Zandberg of the elegant bedroom suite, featuring a custom headboard and nightstands. “I snuck in some pattern and texture to complement the largely monochromatic scheme as well as added a touch of Africa with some tribal jewellery.”
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