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BoConcept showcases one of its favourite 2020 interior design cases with short film and interview; the project being a newly built home designed by Costa Rican architect, Andrés Morales.

Project: Interior design and furnishing of newly built luxury villa in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Client: Andrés and Mariela Morales. BoConcept

Interior Designer: Diana Alfaro

Key featured designs: Hampton sofa, Vienna dining chair, Milano dining table, Lugano storage bed.

Interior Design Service

Collection-wide customisation, and the freedom of expression it gives consumers, are central to BoConcept’s design DNA. The commitment to helping consumers achieve a personal home is also behind the brand’s more than a decade old Interior Design Service:

In every BoConcept store, consumers can access a trained Interior Designer, the experts that front a flexible service. Consumers can get help, ranging from free instore styling advice up to in-home interior design projects, complete with room measuring, mood boards, 3D visualisations and assembly (the in-home service is offered for free in selected markets). It is a service hundreds of consumers around the world use each month.

Short film, ‘Adding Warmth in Costa Rica’

One such customer is Andrés Morales, a Costa Rican architect who wanted to change the furniture of his newly built luxury villa. BoConcept interviewed him about his experience for a short film, which can be watched here: The brand also publishes excerpts from the interview below.

BC: Please introduce yourself.

AM: My name is Andrés Morales and I am an architect from Costa Rica. I designed our villa here in Alajuela and share it with my wife, Mariela and our three children.

BC: Describe how you approached the architectural design.

AM: We have a very hot tropical climate; however, we also experience fresh breezes and winds. It is also a rainy zone with often dramatic weather changes throughout the day.

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I created an architectural design that complements this environment, bringing recognisable features of Costa Rican architecture, using local materials like wood, stone and glass, acting as modern counterparts that create transparencies in the design.

The project was conceived with the aim of building a familiar house that is surrounded by nature, allowing us to co-exist with and appreciate the outdoors in our everyday life. This notion led me to a design where house, terrace and garden are integrated as one space. Where the house can be opened, bringing the outside in without obstacle.

The large eaves play a major role here, as they allow us to stay on the terrace even in heavy rain, which we have learned is wonderful for contemplation. This also means we can ventilate the house, regardless of weather conditions. We have also planted many trees around the house that provide shade and create a microclimate that helps keep the interior cool and fresh. These elements combined have meant that we don’t need any air conditioning.

This desire for green spaces over the concrete and small apartments of the city is a growing trend in Costa Rica, with many choosing to build within nature in search of its peace of harmony.

BC: What were your main interior design challenges?

AM: Though we love our home we quickly identified a discord between architecture and furniture. We already had some designer furniture, but we felt they were modern yet cold, ultimately making us uncomfortable in the space.

We also have three small children who play around the house. So, we wanted durable furniture that they can enjoy without us worrying about wear and tear; with materials and surfaces that are easy to clean and maintain.

BC: So, why BoConcept?

AM: The house has a contemporary Costa Rican style, with horizontal clean lines and pure geometry. So, when we began searching for furniture we were drawn to BoConcept’s designs and its modern lines and materials.

They also have excellent service and beautiful stores, where you simply want to buy everything! [laughs] Then, the fact that you have so many options on fabrics, material and colours is very impressive. Finally, working with an Interior Designer that is a trained architect or a designer, with their knowledge and background, makes the process of choosing the furniture easier; seeing the spaces and helping you envisage how it will all look. '

BC: Describe the process.

AM: We visited the BoConcept store. We met [BoConcept Interior Designer] Diana Alfaro and told her about our challenges. She visited us at home and examined all the details, and that was when the project was brought to life.

Diana learned our taste and the specifics of our needs. The three of us spent a lot of time working and designing. Choosing the right fabrics, surface material, features and sizes. The latter can be deceptive. For example, we initially chose a table that fit the room. But Diana, with her knowledge of the collection, was able to tell us that it would be imposing in our space. This knowledge is priceless.

Later, Diana sent us options as 3D visualisations, and we finally landed on the design we love. Every detail was defined and when the furniture arrived, the team assembled it all very carefully and cleaned everything afterwards. All we had to do was enjoy it. It was a very satisfying process and excellent service.

BC: And what about the results?

AM: We were very excited, and we are still enjoying the furniture today. They have really changed our home. Our loved ones, who have visited and seen the transformation, have noticed how good this has been for our family. This is crucial for us, since this space, that was cold, is now very welcoming. And it’s thanks to the furniture, the service and all of the help that we have achieved this result and are very happy.

BC: What have you learned from the experience?

AM: That everything is a composition. Not only the architecture but also the furniture. The furniture is essential, since it is an integral part of the space. It is what you will be living with every day. You might buy an item because you like its design. But then you take it home and see that it doesn’t fit. You might love it in isolation, but it simply doesn’t complement the space. I would also say that your home is very personal, so you must take an active part in the process; you have to investigate, touch the materials, see the colours, imagine the space. At the end of the day, you are the one who will live in the home and enjoy it.


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