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This year Casa Decor returned for its 56th edition, which took place in the heart of Madrid at La Casa de Tomás Allende. The majestic early 20th-century building was the perfect backdrop for a collection of spaces designed by established professionals and promising emerging interior designers, all of whom reflected on the latest in design and lifestyle trends. From the impressive and stately entrance up to the grand terrace of the sixth floor, visitors were invited to tour 55 distinctive spaces highlighting the latest in home decor for a post-pandemic world. Technology, home spas and offices, gyms, and the need to seamlessly integrate the outdoors inside were some of the standout themes. Another key feature of each Casa Decor is the chance to experience new collaborations and products from brands as diverse as Bang & Olufson, Netflix, BoConcept, and Miele.

Casa Decor opened its doors to reveal the latest tendencies in interior design, architecture, design and art.
The Netflix living room by Simona Garufi Studio. Ohiti by Luis Hevia
A craft space by Miguel Munoz. Photo by Luis Hevia
An elegant workspace by Alberto Aranda. Photo by Luis Hevia
A conceptual space by Santos Studio. Photo by Luis Hevia

We also took this opportunity to facilitate a collaboration between our Paris-based sister company Jacob Delafon and Madrid-based design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo, who created a space for the brand’s new CLEO collection. Designers Jose Agenjo and Ane Devesa conceived the bathroom as a sanctuary to relax the body and mind, drawing on classic Parisian references to create a sense of elegant serenity. The duo’s concept evoked Jacob Delafon’s trademark combination of classic styles, clean lines, and avant-garde finishes, and the latest technology, which the brand has become known for over the last century. 

Designers Jose Agenjo and Ane Devesa from design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo
Designers Jose Agenjo and Ane Devesa from design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo

The pandemic has revealed the need to reconsider the design of the traditional home. With people forced to spend more time indoors, talented designers are able to rethink unique spaces that meet the demands of this new lifestyle where comfort, functionality, and luxury meet. “The concept for the space was to create a spa-like sanctuary to calm both the body and the mind, giving you strength to take over the world,” Agenjo said in a video interview. “The majority of the inspiration was drawn from 19th-century Paris, with everything revolving around this stunning Cleo bathtub, a tribute to the time and essence of Jacob Delafon himself.” The classic claw-foot cast iron bathtub can be completely customized in any color, making for effortless integration in any project or home.

Jacob Delafon Cleo freestanding bath
Jacob Delafon Cleo freestanding bath

But for the designers, Cloe is much more than just a bathtub. “Cleo embodies the woman we imagine resides in Casa de Tomás Allende,” says Devesa. “It reflects the values of a cosmopolitan woman, a lover of the small yet fine pleasures in life, who always has her eye on the latest trends, navigating between the classic and the avant-garde and finding the perfect balance between the two. A woman who can enjoy a relaxing moment in her bathroom, her sanctuary, but also wastes no time getting ready for her next big meeting or event.”

Just like the pieces in the Cleo collection, the space exuded elegance while seamlessly blending with contemporary needs. Reflecting a common trend at Casa Decor Madrid, the bathroom was a true example of the new post-pandemic home: a much-needed refuge to reconnect with oneself. “Our biggest challenge was having two separate spaces. When you first enter the first room, the round shape and the floor-to-ceiling windows made it difficult to select specific pieces of furniture,” Agenjo shares. “Then it hit us: we needed to put the bathtub in the middle and make it the centerpiece. We added the majestic shower between the bath and the windows, which adds a regal touch, while the two trees add a layer of peace and balance.”

The separated bathroom designed by design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo
The separated bathroom designed by design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo

Light tones and gentle contrasts are a common thread that unite the elements within the spa-like space, the champagne hues and earthy palette creating a calmness throughout. “It was important to create different textures throughout the space, from handmade ceramics to sintered stone and luxurious quartzite, together with linens in the same color palette to bring freshness and elegance,” Devesa says.

This approach is in line with the overarching concept of serenity, which we’re seeing more and more of. The need for calming spaces, whether in a home or a hotel, was a recurring theme throughout Casa Decor Madrid 2021.“There’s a tendency to lean towards more natural, sustainable, neutral tones to create more welcoming spaces — and it's a trend we believe is here to stay,” she concludes.

The master bathroom designed by design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo
The waiting area designed by design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo
The seperated bathroom designed by design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo
Jacob Delafon Cleo Collections
Jacob Delafon Cleo Collections
The waiting area designed by design studio Devesa & Agenjo Interiorismo