- New furniture
LOCATION: Albernoa, Portugal
PROJECT: The Soares Family
SECTOR: Hotels, Restaurants
The Soares family dreamed of a place where reality would exceed imagination. Where nature brought peace and time stood still. In 1998, their dream came true when the family transformed a long-abandoned land in the heart of the Portuguese Alentejo region into a domain that gives life to genuine produce. Herdade da Malhadinha Nova was born. Today, the estate contains multiple luxury accommodations, a spa, vineyard, olive grove, restaurant, …
Driven by their dream, the family transformed the immense space into a retreat where the view is the biggest luxury of all. In contrast to the perfect harmony with the idyllic landscape, the modernity and uniqueness of the estate’s interior decoration is remarkable. Distinct accommodations, each with their own name and character, are sprinkled in various nooks of the domain. Like an artisan handling their piece, each one is designed differently and contains multiple luxury suites. Only time, nature and authenticity serve as a common denominator.
Rita Soares, one of the driving forces behind the estate: “This project started as a recovery of abandoned ruins and it was our dream to bring back the memory of those original houses. With that vision in mind, we carefully chose specific materials and furniture. The Ethnicraft tray tables, for example, reminded us of black painted iron, often used by local artisans in the past.”
Surrounded by vineyards, it all started with Herdade da Malhadinha Nova Country House & Spa, where rural tradition meets contemporary design. In Casa das Pedras, on the other hand, minimalism is key: built in concrete pigmented to the golden color of hay, the contemporary architecture serves as an extension of the nature on which it stands. A bit further along the road, Casa do Ancoradouro stands out with its manually produced terracotta floor.
Casa da Ribeira was inspired by the nearby Terges stream; its oak floors and blue hues make the villa a slow-living paradise. The villa next door, Casa das Artes e Ofícios, is a homage to arts and crafts. Art is always present in this house, where expositions, gatherings and workshops are a constant. It features the particularity of having most of its furniture and decoration objects for sale. Finally, the Venda Grande villa is the epitome of ‘old meets new’. In the previous century, it served as the town’s main grocery store. Now, the Soares family renovated it beautifully with a lot of respect for its authentic elements.
Rita Soares, one of the driving forces behind the estate: “As the houses are surrounded by olive and acorn trees, we wanted the interior to share in the sensation of amazing natural materials. That’s why we opted for furniture by Ethnicraft.”
CASA DAS ARTES E OFÍCIOS
In every accommodation at Malhadinha Nova, nature surrounds you. A sense of tranquility and balance washes over you like never before. Lifelong, precious memories are guaranteed. The same goes for Ethnicraft’s furniture, truly making them a perfect match for the Portuguese sanctuary. As each Ethnicraft piece has an effortlessly timeless look, it can act like a style chameleon. On top of the tray tables, the Mikado and Geometric side tables blend in beautifully while standing out strikingly. “Their minimalistic yet timeless design ended up being exactly what we were looking for”, affirms Rita.
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