JULY 2020

The brief for Villa Bianco was light and bright. The interior, minimal, the vibe, magical. Clean, sharp concrete edges are softened by traditional art and furnishings with historical Balinese ceremonial references.

Paying homage to the Balinese ‘poleng’, black and white checkered fabric pattern, seen everywhere on the island: wrapped around large tree trunks, draped over rocks, wrapped around statues and shrines, or used in ceremonies or as part of their dance costumes, is transported into a modern aesthetic. This fabric represents the constant philosophical importance of maintaining  balance. It represents two polar opposites, that cannot be separated.

I was fascinated by the local traditional dances in Bali from the age of ten. The Barong, The Ramayana and The Kecak, were all big influences on me and can be seen in the artworks in Villa Bianco.

The lang-lang gazebo roof is hand-thatched by local artisans in the old, Ubudian style. Traditionally influenced with bamboo floor matting and scattered, checkered floor cushions. 

A cool place to seek relief from the hot sun and sip a cold coconut on the floor, Balinese style.