The All-Vintage Renovation by Quintana Partners in Menorca, Spain
We recently discovered the work of Menorca, Spain–based Quintana Partners (thanks, Megan, for clueing us in) and have been poring over their portfolio ever since. The firm was founded by Escat Benito Diaz, a watchmaker turned interior designer who honed his skills restoring houses in Frankfurt, Miami, and Venezuela before moving to the island of Menorca. Diaz recruited two compatriots, Benito Escat Velez and Pol Castells Segarra, to join him, and now the three designers work together creating some of the most charmingly eccentric and innovative interiors we’ve seen in a while.
Case in point: the firm’s Sa Calma project, a reimagined 150-year-old townhouse in the center of Mahon, artfully outfitted with flea market finds.
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Above: The ground-floor entry, with original stone floors and tiled walls. The firm’s distinct design vocabulary draws on the island’s architecture, a blend of midcentury Spanish and British colonial.
Above: The tiles, from the early 20th century, are original to the house. The military uniforms are British, found in an antique shop in Menorca, and framed in double glass.
Above: To unearth the original walls, the designers removed the painted frescos of past renovations.
Above: The living room has the original tiled floors, fireplace, and refinished wood paneling.
Above: Cast concrete wash basins, a design most often found in laundry rooms, function as the kitchen sink with a wall-mounted dish rack overhead. The kitchen is equipped with a blue Smeg 50s-Style Refrigerator, Smeg 30-Inch Freestanding Gas Range, Smeg Victoria Ventilation Hood, and a dishwasher from Spanish company Corberó.
Above: “The kitchen was divided into three rooms with Formica elements,” says Segarra. “With the client, we decided to take the walls down and create one giant space.” They found a handmade wood and marble countertop and repurposed a traditional Menorcan clothes rail as a pot rack.
Above: A door with an original stained glass arch leads to a narrow patio and steps to the outdoor space.