Interior designer Iñaki Biurrun has just opened a new studio to tend to his customers in the center of San Sebastián. This unique space at street level presents a novel concept – it is an open area with three nuclei: the office, living room, and snack bar. The sea is very present in the decoration of the three areas, featuring paintings with waves and beaches, as well as porcelain sea bass, barnacles, lobsters, red mullets, and crabs from the classic Portuguese company Bordallo Pinheiro. These items eject life into the shop window, the walls, and the blue ceiling that is meant to represent the seabed.
Biurrun harmoniously combines modern design pieces with other classical ones and even some obtained in antique shops. Amongst some of the treasures that can be found in this new studio, there is a tableware set by Bidasoa designed for Arzak, a restored tool table that has been turned into a sideboard, dishes by Fornasetti, pieces by contemporary artists like Iñigo Manterola, and a Chinese sculpture from the sixteenth century of a soldier riding a horse. A realist painting of a Gallina Blanca box dialogs with a true antique box from the same brand placed at the other side of the room; these types of tricks and nods that may go unnoticed at first help to provide visual balance to the whole. As is customary in the renovations that this designer does, he has also opted to highlight the original details of the building in his studio, leaving part of the original stonework intact and recovering the dual-height openness that the space once had.
At the end of the elongated space, a dual-height kitchenette has been built with a bottle rack, coffee corner, and a hidden door that provides access to a bathroom that masterfully combines the mirrors in the walls and ceilings to give the feeling of space and which features elegant dark colors.
In addition to being a place to hold long meetings (meetings that start off with drawings and finish up with glasses of champagne) to discuss the ins and outs of the construction work, this workshop is also a place for clients to feel the good vibes transmitted by interiors designed by Biurrun, and for them to understand the degree of detail with which the designer gets involved when undertaking a project.
In addition to this studio, Biurrun has another two studios where he caters to customers: one in Igueldo and another in Madrid, opened six years ago. The decorator has remodeled a large number of luxury homes in Madrid, seeking to keep the essence of the buildings and recover their original features (beams, flooring, etc.). In 2019, he finished remodeling two large apartments: one on Velázquez Street and the other on Lagasca Street.
Last year at his studio in Igueldo, he oversaw the complete remodel of four homes in San Sebastián: one on Avenida de la Libertad, another in the Gros District, and two more in Ondarreta.
Before accepting any job, Biurrun always first visits the house where his clients live to understand their tastes and to design for them a home that meets their needs. Aiming to re-use as many pieces of furniture and personal objects belonging to his clients as he can (as these often have great sentimental value for them), Biurrun usually updates them, adapting them to the new home (by changing frames of mirrors, reupholstering chairs, etc.). These pieces, combined with others that the designer adds (new pieces must always be true; that is to say, they must have a history), yield eclectic creations that have nothing to do with conventionality.
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