“This place is magic,” Couturier says. “It almost feels a bit spiritual.”
Although Couturier built the house to enjoy Mazunte’s laid-back beach vibe, it is also a place where he retreats to be alone.
“I wanted him to feel very peaceful in this huge space,” Le Coadic says.
He divided the palapa into zones, creating intimacy around each activity with a plainspoken vocabulary.
A terra-cotta counter centers one end.
There is a section for dining, another with inviting,
casual sofas, and at the other end, an outdoor stove and bar in volcanic rock,
arranged to suggest what Le Coadic describes as “an antique sculpture of a god.”
To furnish the palapa, the designers went no further than Mazunte’s beaches, where fishing families serve the catch of the day on wooden tables set out on the sand.
Spotting a table and chair that could serve as a model,
they began working with a local carpenter, ordering several prototypes before arriving at the final design.
To complete the house, Couturier took Scotto and Le Coadic on a journey in search of fabrics and ceramics.
They traveled to the Zapotec town of San Sebastián Río Hondo,
where a cooperative of artisans produces organic cotton using natural dyes and handlooms.
On that trip,the hotelier and European designers slept on the floor of a village house,
wrapped in woolen blankets against the highland cold—and ordered all the upholstery, sheets, and towels.
In Los Reyes Metzontla, a desert town in the neighboring state of Puebla, they bought simple clay dishes for the kitchen. ออกแบบบ้าน