Bonsai Story

Taking a walk through this unusual house is like entering the study of a Jules Verne`s character.
The owner lives a dynamic and vibrant lifestyle which led him into unforgettable experiences all around the globe. This is how he began collecting old maps, antiquities, engines and machineries, but his most interesting assets are the bonsai trees, all from different places.
It has been a real challenge integrating all these elements into a coherent and balanced space that could reflect his interests.
We chose a neutral background – white walls and grey floors – to match the plain pieces of furniture in uniform colours. This homogeneous setting allowed us to add to the composition the most beautiful items of the owner`s collection, which became attraction points able to blend into the scenery.
In order to express our client`s interest in engines and mechanisms we integrated some of the items into the actual furniture. Some sections of the plumbing system were left visible, while a few walls were covered in metal, adding an industrial feeling to the overall atmosphere.
The maps are displayed on the walls and on the floors, creating unexpected patterns that lead one to the central points of the house.
The impressive collections of bonsai is displayed all around the house, alongside the insectaries.
Our client can now display his collection and his guests have the impression that they are in a museum while he tells them the stories of how he came to gather his treasure.


Maine - USA