Matthew Williamson shares his first ever interior design project with Vogue Living.
Matthew Williamson’s sea change has been quite literal – he’s swapped the world of catwalks and London life for the small coastal island of Dejà, in the north east of Mallorca, and the life of an interior designer. No stranger to the interiors world, Williamson dipped his toe in by decorating his own home, as well as the terrace at Blakes Hotel in London. His latest project is no less vibrant than his sought-after dresses — which are a kaleidoscope of exotic colour and pattern, much loved by the likes of Sienna Miller, Thandie Newton, Lily Collins and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge — and is named Suite No. 67 in his new adoptive home at the hotel Belmond La Residencia.
The one-bed suite, drenched with vividly painted furniture, walls in delicious ice cream shades and textiles in wild prints of flora and fauna, comes complete with a bedroom, bathroom and spacious living room, as well as a cooling outdoor enclosure and garden terrace, surrounded by olive trees and picturesque views of the Serra Tramuntana Mountains.
Befitting the artistic vibe of the hotel itself – La Belmond Residencia is home to the largest exhibition of Miró paintings on display in a hotel anywhere in the world until 2020 – Williamson has brought his painterly, fashion touch to the suite’s all-year-round, sun-drenched holiday feel with a mix of his own fabrics and wallpapers for Osborne & Little with special one-off pieces like vintage wicker Peacock chairs and hand-made Portuguese ceramic lamps with block printed shades.
Perfect inspiration too for Williamson’s new collection of scented candles, made with fragrance notes sourced from all over the world, from jasmine flowers and tuberose sourced from Grasse in France to spices from Indonesia. There are five scents: Midnight Jungle’s intense mix of blackcurrant, fig, honey and cedarwood; the incense, spices and woody notes of Jaipur Jewel; Summer Siesta’s conjuring of the Mediterranean with uplifting notes of mandarin, lemon and tuberose; English Garden with its hints of Ceylon tea, orange blossom and rose; and the fragrant white florals, vanilla, leather and musk of Palm Springs.
Matthew Williamson’s top tips for Mallorca
EAT: “Son Mico. A gorgeous rural finca between Soller and Deià, set amongst the olive groves and overlooking the coast. All of the food is homemade by the owners. I love simple, fresh Mediterranean food and usually go for their daily special.”
SHOP: “For interior inspiration, I especially love the Sluiz and Rialto Living stores in Palma. Then the Santa Catalina area in the town is just fantastic for a wander, there are lots of boutiques and cafés.”
VISIT: “I would suggest a visit to the Gaudi constructed cathedral, then head outside and get lost in the narrow streets of the old town. If you keep walking you’re sure to come across one off the many hidden and lesser known pretty squares with original buildings, stores and cafes.”