With environmental issues being on most people’s conscience these days, BREATHE™ are certainly setting the bar with their pioneering eco-friendly design concept – putting themselves, as well as Marbella, well and truly on the map. Home & Lifestyle Magazine was invited to meet the interior designer, Marta del Ganso, for this newly-opened mega venue, which had been the talk of the town for many months previous to its opening.
Marta is a young and spritely interior designer from Madrid who has always had a love for Marbella due to sharing many visits here with her family in their holiday home. On meeting Marta, we automatically sensed her unbounding enthusiasm for the project. There is no denying that this enormous venture would have been a daunting task for anyone, and at the tender age of 26 she was impressively confident in her vision and came across genuinely humble and down-to-earth. As mentioned in many of the articles that have been already published about BREATHE™, the concept is wholeheartedly committed to a natural and eco-friendly experience, which is why the talented and groundbreaking landscape designer Mathieu Lèbre really came into his own with his suspended garden that gloriously hangs over what they have called the “Stage” – the restaurant’s main dining area, pertinently named for its raised platform. Mathieu’s cutting-edge garden designs can be observed all over the venue, from the vertical gardens at the entrance of the venue, into the restaurant and the sky lounge on the upper level, and through to the idyllic patio area at the rear. Together with the cleverly-designed areas bursting with lush natural greenery, the designers have combined the natural vegetation with tasteful water features, natural stone floors and walls, together with beautiful fireplaces and fire pits to unify all of the Earth’s natural elements. BREATHE™ wanted to stay true to its roots and chose to work with one of Spain’s most recognised furniture brands, Becara, as they have over 50 years’ experience in the world of decoration, and BREATHE™ could order everything made-to-measure to perfectly fit their exacting brief and be assured of the utmost quality for which Becara is internationally-renowned. Marta comments, “I wanted different themes for each area but always with a reference back to nature using natural materials and colours wherever possible. The colour scheme for the patio area, for example, is blue and white, and in the sky lounge we have black and white marble tables. Different colours, textures and finishes instantly give a space warmth and enhance the ambience, and this was most important in the restaurant area where you will see a lot of wood, ceramic tiles and woven wall coverings, and a yellow and blue colour scheme going through the fabrics used in the upholstery.” Marta took a different approach to the design of the cafetería, which is situated on the ground floor, adopting a bolder and more retro-industrial style using more metallic features such as in the chair legs, the clock above the bar and the table top on the bar itself.
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