Ibiza interior designer Clare Bloomer gives us an insight into what went on with her latest project.
Project: Interior design and styling of the new garden restaurant at Aura, with a brief Clare says, ‘was to create a luxurious garden restaurant with private dining, bar and chill out areas to complement the interior lounge bar I completed two years ago.’
Location: On the famous San Juan ‘restaurant road’ at KM 13.5 in San Llorenzo, the location of Aura’s extension stretched, quite literally, into what was previously the restaurant’s car park.
Who: Clare herself took care of the interior design and styling details, working alongside local construction expert Toni Guasch of My Home Ibiza and his team plus other external contractors. ‘The key person in charge of the project was a wonderful landscape designer from London, James Holderness, who was incredibly sympathetic to the work I had already done,’ she says. ‘I learned a lot from him.’
Inspiration: ‘The golden hour when the sun literally falls out of the sky and everyone looks radiant and glorious,’ says Clare. ‘I wanted to continue this feeling for guests well into the night, both inside and outside.’
Style and features: Furniture and fabrics were made to order in India, using colours that glow like sunset in harmony with natural, sandy coloured surfaces and copper tiled walls. ‘What is exciting is putting everything in place and it looking even better than you hoped,’ Clare explains. ‘Like seeing Roseline de Thelin´s chain mail chandeliers being lit for the first time and loving the surprise that they glowed like diamonds.’
Challenges: Clare humbly concedes her role was relatively easy compared to transforming the entire car park into a fabulous garden restaurant in just four and a half months. ‘Luckily we have a wonderful team of workers, carpenters, plumbers and electricians who are never fazed by the task or deadlines set,’ she says. ‘It was a very pleasurable working experience though we never thought we would get there! Looking back, it was a really intense but rewarding time for all.’