Four leading global designers and craftsmen have created a series of wonderfully eclectic spaces housed in a contemporary interpretation of a classic Thai house, situated on the golden sands of Natai beach with wonderful sunset views over the Andaman Sea. The villa boasts a large living room, courtyard, crystal dining sala and a private cinema. The Collector’s Villa is the most luxurious and beautiful three-bedroom villa in Southern Thailand.
Fashioned from Golden teak with accentuated eaves and beautiful tiles, the architecture brings a contemporary twist on the traditional wooden Thai house. The Campana Brothers created a beautiful central courtyard with pillars clad in broken Thai ceramics. The lavish swimming pool with the beautiful crystal dining room bring grandness to this spectacular abode.
The common areas in this villa are designed by the Campana Brothers, who travelled extensively through Bangkok and Chiang Mai for inspiration. They came across the famous Wat Arun temple in Bangkok and were inspired to create a courtyard that blends a distinctive feature into traditional Thai architecture. The Ceramic Courtyard welcomes guests to the Collector’s Villa with a serene pool surrounded by majestic pillars, all of which are encrusted in broken green and blue Thai teacups, saucers and dishes. These columns took more than 600 hours to construct and a closer look at the ceramics reveals the shapes of elephants, turtles and flowers.
This artisanal theme continues into the living room area, in which the two gable end walls are covered in the blue and white porcelain plates, bowls and teacups. The ceiling is intricately woven in rattan, a technique typically used in Thai construction, allowing the sunlight that reflects through to make a perfect allusion to the golden sand of Natai beach. With fantastic beach and sea views, access to the villa’s very own infinity pool and ample space to lounge around on the oversized blue sofa and unique armchairs, the room is an ideal spot for relaxation.
Inspired by Thailand’s lush rainforest, the Cinema of Nature is Iniala Beach House’s one and only cinema. Up to 22 guests can sit comfortably and enjoy an authentic cinematic experience on the 160” screen and be fully immersed into the heart of the action with the latest 3-D technology and state-of-the-art surround sound. With a special green edition of their famous fluffy ‘Cipria’ sofa and walls clad in real coconut skin, the Campana Brothers skilfully embedded an exotic jungle theme into this unique home theatre.
Inspired by the inside of an oyster, the spa in the Collector’s Villa consists of walls, floors and a ceiling coated in mother of pearl. Bronze shelving and mirrors create a luxuriant yet relaxing space that is equipped with two massage tables, while the floor to ceiling window overlooks a fascinating Zen garden. The Sala, designed by A-cero, is a glass cube that extends over the pool and juts out onto the beach, providing unobstructed, panoramic views of Natai Beach and the Andaman Sea. The Sala’s long wooden dining table seats up to 20 guests.
The Carpenter’s Chamber, designed by Joseph Walsh, consists of one-of-a-kind furniture pieces designed by Walsh, who uses a technique to shape ash wood by slicing it extremely thin and then intricately sanding it down. A beautiful silk and wool digital tapestry provides the backdrop to the centrepiece of the suite: the spectacular handmade canopy bed. This highly collectible piece can be ordered but comes with a waiting list of 18 months and a price tag of around $200,000 USD. Carved out of ash wood in the form of a fluid sculpture, the bed looks as though it is made of ribbons of wood, with the technique matched on the suite’s sofa and desk.
The suite’s living area is separated from the bedroom by an exquisitely sculpted ‘Equinox’ wall, a dynamic work of art that evolves according to the light passing through it and can therefore be experienced differently from every angle. The living area boasts a sofa as well as a stone coffee table, which was the very first time Walsh used stone to design a piece of furniture. A large resin desk sitting on a sinuous wooden framework can be found in the suite’s study.
The Owner’s Suite, designed by Jaime Hayon, is bright and welcoming. Originally occupied by Mark Weingard, who owned the house that was the starting point of Iniala, the suite has a ‘beachy’ yet elegant vibe, with Provence-style aged hardwood floors and a high, arched ceiling.
The bathroom boasts a freestanding bathtub and Carrera marble throughout. The design for the suite was inspired by the beach, with predominant colours being green for nature, white for the light that pours into the suite, and gold for the sun.
This dark and mysterious boudoir, designed by Mark Brazier-Jones, exudes an aura of sensuality. Baroque and gothic in style, the Boudoir is by far the most surprising and eccentric of all the Beach House suites. The room is extravagant and luscious, with rich, jewel coloured furniture and mesmerizing details from the Drummonds-designed showers and tub, to the shimmering drinks trolley in the form of a vintage motorcycle, or the twinkling crystal–laced vanity that serves as entryway to the bathroom.
Brazier-Jones wanted to create an atmosphere of intimate mystery with its sumptuous chandeliers, Batwing Dressing table and Harley inspired drinks trolley this room is at once playful and sensual.
• King size beds
• Each room has spacious bathrooms with separate shower & bath
• Spa room (2 massage beds)
• Illy coffee machine & TWG tea
• Extra beds available on request
• Complimentary WIFI
• Bvlgari bathroom amenities
• Indoor dining facilities and terrace lounge area
• Ethernet access points
• International plug sockets
• HDMI charge points
• Accessible airplay point
• Family movie dictionary
• 2 dedicated butlers
• Villa is located directly on the beach, west facing for sunsets
Total Area Space – 1049 sqm
Since 1983, the brothers Fernando and Humbert Campana have been solidly building their career, achieving both national and international recognition. Their work incorporates the idea of transformation and reinvention. Giving preciousness to poor, day-to-day or common materials carries not only the creativity in their design but also very Brazilian characteristics – the colours, the mixtures, the creative chaos, the triumph of simple solutions.
Based in Sao Paulo, Estudio Campana is constantly investigating new possibilities in furniture making. It creates bridges and dialogues where the exchange of information is also a source of inspiration. Working in partnership with communities, factories and industries keeps the Estudio Campana repertoire fresh.
Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon was born in Madrid in 1974. After studying industrial design in Madrid and Paris he joined Fabrica – the Benetton-funded design and communication academy in Italy- in 1997 where he directed the design department until 2003. Hayon set up his own studio practice in the year 2000 and dedicated himself fully to his personal projects from 2003 onward; today he is one of the most acclaimed creators worldwide.
Hayon’s esteem and knowledge of artisan skills and his inherent creativity has allowed him to push the boundaries of many mediums and functions, resulting in collections for very diverse clients. His concern for the conservation of craft skills has joined his path with high-end traditional companies concerned with the evolution of their work.
His work has appeared in the most prestigious art and design publications worldwide and he has won numerous international awards. ‘Time’ magazine included Hayon as one of the 100 most relevant creators of these times and ‘Wallpaper’ magazine has listed him as one of the most influential creators too.
Brazier-Jones is an internationally celebrated artist, master furniture and lighting designer, sculptor and engineer. His patrons list film and rock royalty as well as art collectors, and examples of his work can be found in various museums around the world.
Since the commencement of his career in 1983 as a founding member of the Creative Salvage Group, Brazier-Jones has honed a collection and philosophy unique in the world of design. His work trespasses into the world of the classical, surreal, theatrical and futuristic. Commentators on contemporary design have tried to categorise his style as neo classical or space age baroque, even ‘post nuclear antiques’.
Despite the often-flamboyant appearance of his designs Brazier-Jones applies a strict code of functionality to his work and believes in practical art where the user engages directly with the work and it becomes part of their life. Little heed is paid to current designers and trends, his field of influence is very self-contained. "I am making objects of desire from enduring materials, I have no need to be declared fashionable, I am working to a different timescale.”
Joseph Walsh founded his studio and workshop in 1999 in Co. Cork, Ireland. He is a self-taught designer maker, realising one of a kind and limited edition pieces. Walsh’s creative approach reflects his appreciation of nature and also his desire to engage the user with visual and tactile forms.
The understanding and sympathetic use of the material; the intimate relationship between the process of finding forms and creating structures; the continuity and resolve from the concept to the making process, define Joseph's studio and work today. He seeks inspiration in nature, in the patterns of growth and evolution - this has influenced his approach to design and process allowing the pieces to evolve and reveal themselves. Walsh's workshop - employing team of Master Makers, Design Technicians and their assistants, engineering, resolving and crafting the work – challenges and disrupts existing practice in achieving the ambitious pieces realised. Joseph Walsh's work can be found in many significant international museums and private collections and is regularly exhibited at the major art and design fairs.