Villa la Vague is a luxury villa that was Morpheus redesigned from historic detached villa in central of Monte Carlo. The existing property was builtover 110 years ago in the Belle Epoque style of the late nineteenth century and has been placed under protective order by H.S.H. Prince Albert
From the architects: The challenge for Morpheus was to make the most of the new spaces generated by the creation of two additional floors, opening those areas to maximise light and accentuate visual access to the panoramic views without compromising the period architectural style. This posed a problem more difficult than it sounds. A century ago, houses in warmer climates were designed to keep out sunlight and the oppressive heat of summer. Tall, narrow windows, shutters and dark interiors were the order of the day.
It was not until the 1920s that people began to appreciate the health giving benefits of sunlight, and, with the introduction of air conditioning and a paler colour palette for interiors, architects and designers, for the first time, sought to merge interiors with the outside environment. Morpheus has conceived plans in which the main focus of each floor is centred on the south facing windows and the sea views beyond. A pale and muted colour palette throughout draws the eye to the stronger colours of the exterior views, throwing into sharp relief the vivid blue of sea and sky.
A light, yet sophisticated touch is used for furnishings in a contemporary idiom – clean, modern lines with the highest quality in terms of material, craftsmanship and finish. For instance, polished metal shapes form room dividers without losing the sense of space, and, together with customised crystal chandeliers in cutting edge designs, they playfully reflect light from outside, animating and illuminating interior spaces