Fashion was his first calling. Then, interior design became the British designer’s bigger love. His latest project: a room at Belmond La Residencia, Mallorca.
Surrounded by mountains and olive groves, Belmond is situated in the idyllic village of Deia. The vivid colours and lush greenery of the Spanish resort property prompted Williamson to shoot his Summer 2017 campaign there. The attraction was mutual: Belmond approached him to design a suite after that.
The one-bed Suite 67 is signature Williamson – nature, colour, and eclectic fabrics in myriad textures. His mark is in the details, too: The suite’s original bed is now lacquered in electric blue; the furniture is either hand-picked or tailor-made to his specs; and his signature ﬂ oral wallpaper, with framed paintings of native birds, adorns the space. Williamson says he designed it to be a “one-of-a-kind space to escape, relax and indulge”.
The suite has an outdoor patio, private pool, garden, and a vintage roll-top bath in the bathroom. A nod to the hotel’s Mallorcan heritage is apparent in the ceramic tiles lining the entrance, handmade ceramic lamps from Portugal, and handpainted his and hers wardrobes which pay homage to traditional Spanish carpentry. An ostrich feather lamp and velvet star rugs add glamour, imbuing this charming Spanish locale with the glitz of 1950s Palm Springs. – CH
Room rates for Suite 67 start from S$3,500++.
Top: There’s life after fashion: Matthew Williamson now focuses on interior design. Previous projects: the bridal suite at stately home Aynhoe Park, and the courtyard garden at Kensington boutique hotel Blakes.
Above and right: All furnishing fabrics are from Williamson’s collection for upmarket British fabric manufacturer Osborne & Little.