It took just one fateful meal in Madrid to kickstart this fruitful creative partnership. After being introduced by a mutual friend, interior designer Pepe Leal hosted design entrepreneurs Andrés Lugo Lovatón and Carlos Camblor in his stylish apartment for dinner. And the proof was in the pudding, so to speak—during their visit, the dynamic duo were so wowed by his home that they promptly hired Leal to transform their own abode in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
As the co-owners of furniture retailer Ilumel, the sociable and well-connected duo appreciate good design, and also “know absolutely everyone in Santo Domingo”, reveals Leal. It was important that their home reflect their worldly tastes, myriad passions and dynamic lifestyles.
“They love contemporary art and design, and most of all, they own this store (Ilumel), and they really wanted to use their house as a showcase (of their furnishings),” says the Madrid-based interior designer. “They travel a lot, they often go to New York, Spain, China, Shanghai, Singapore and India on buying trips. So they wanted a space that makes them feel like they are travelling the world, but at the same time not forgetting all the references to their (own) country in the Caribbean.”
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While it has an impressive footprint measuring 6,458sqft, the apartment suffered from the Goldilocks effect: some areas, such as the sitting room and the master bedroom, were too large for what was functionally necessary, and other spaces so small that they made the home appear cramped and narrow.
“There weren’t any partitions to give you a sense of a scale, and they also didn’t have a nice sitting room to have breakfast or watch TV in,” recalls Leal. “I felt they needed a small, cosy and private area to be in every day, and to make it different from the social space where they hold their parties.”
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