by Sunena V MajuApr 17, 2023
Casa Nomada Bali has 1,75,000 followers on Instagram. And for good reason. Picture pristine white walls, flowing cotton curtains, wooden furniture, rustic decor pieces, rattan chandeliers, plenty of natural light and a dreamy outdoor turquoise pool. In 2017, Erika Calle Crespo and Marco Haberberger left their corporate jobs in Germany to travel the world and pursue their passion of photography and design. The culmination of this endeavour is Casa Nomada, an approximately 3,000 sqft villa in Bali, which they own and designed themselves. The villa is located near the beach in Berawa, a popular neighbourhood of Canggu, a resort village on the south coast of the Indonesian island of Bali.
Presently, Casa Nomada Bali is only available as a venue for photo and video shoots. It is for people who are looking for an adaptable space to create beautiful content. The villa is primarily rented by luxury fashion and lifestyle brands that desire a luxurious setting to transport their viewers to an island in the Mediterranean. Casa Nomada features two bedrooms with attached bathrooms, an open kitchen and dining room with a mezzanine enclosing the area, two rooftop terraces and a large outdoor pool. While currently the villa is only available for shoots, in the future, there is a possibility that it will open up for people to stay in.
Past Casa Nomada's entrance, guests are welcomed with a double-height living and dining room in an open layout. The living area features a sumptuous L-shaped sofa in a muted hue, a wooden centre table, a large rattan chandelier and shelves filled with objets d’art in earthy tones to tie the space together. The living area opens into the kitchen and dining area. For the dining area, the designers chose a white concrete dining table with wooden benches and rattan chandeliers. The dining area overlooks a turquoise outdoor pool and a patio, and houses a stairway that leads to the mezzanine floor. The patio with the backdrop of the pool is a versatile space, which can be used as a Japanese-style formal dining area or a lounge depending on the requirements of the shoot.
Casa Nomada Bali’s bedrooms and bathrooms exhibit the same Mediterranean design aesthetic as the rest of the villa. In addition, the outdoor pool with a shower, gold accents and plants, particularly stands out. At one of the ends of the pool is a bamboo covered terrace with a hammock. “We enjoyed designing the outdoor pool the most, because we wanted to give the visitor the impression of entering a luxurious Roman bath,” state the designers.
The designers have crafted the villa in such a way that every room can be a backdrop for photo and video content. “We are photographers and our goal with designing Casa Nomada was to create an aesthetic place with photogenic spots, which gives our guests the drive to pursue their artistic and creative ideas. This villa in Bali is truly created to live, enjoy and create quality content with extreme versatility in the style of each person who indulges in this unforgettable experience. It was really important for us to have harmony and connection among the spaces. We did not undertake any major structural changes but made some small design adjustments. At Casa Nomada Bali, let yourself be embraced by the great natural light that passes through each window, each terrace, and the details that we have built for you,” mentions Marco Haberberger, designer and co-owner of Casa Nomada Bali.
Calle Crespo and Haberberger’s design philosophy is rooted in creating aesthetically pleasing spaces inspired by minimalism, clean lines and a monochromatic palette. While conceptualising the villa, as they are avid photographers themselves, the designers kept in mind things such as the play of natural light and shadows, and the importance of simple backdrops. They were inspired by geometric shapes, contrasting textures, Mediterranean architecture and biophilic design. The minimalist interiors are beneficial for shoots as they can be interpreted and used in various ways. “From its aesthetic white textured walls, elegant earth-coloured decorations with antique accents, to its dreamy pool, Casa Nomada will transport you to Santorini, Greece. The villa features contemporary colonial architecture, reflected by its defined arches that frame and display its model, and its rustic, luxurious wooden pergolas that cast glorious shades,” adds Haberberger.
Undoubtedly, Casa Nomada Bali is a celebration of the Mediterranean design aesthetic. The Mediterranean style in interiors is characterised by the design aesthetics of southern European countries. Think light and warm tones in colour scheme, as well as the extensive use of natural materials such as wood, wicker and cotton. “For this villa, we used contemporary white concrete combined with terrazzo mixed with Mediterranean patterns and rustic furniture because we love the harmony and atmosphere created by these components,” add Crespo and Haberberger.
Moreover, the designers are proponents of environmentally sustainable and biophilic design. They wanted a space which would instantly reduce stress, enhance creativity and boost the overall wellbeing of the visitors. “We love the idea of designing and building slowly. When you build slowly, you can really understand what you need from the space and how to design the aesthetic you want. The natural light, plants and trees were especially important in the design process. Furthermore, we primarily used natural materials and an earthy colour palette in the design of the villa. We incorporated large windows and glazed walls to create a connection with the outdoors. Additionally, we bridged the gap between the villa and nature by decorating it with natural materials such as jute, organic cotton, linen, stone, rattan, wood and bamboo. Finally, we added freshness by bringing in a lot of fragrant plants, succulents and trees,” concludes Erika Calle Crespo, designer and co-owner of Casa Nomada Bali.
Name of project: Casa Nomada Bali
Location: Bali, Indonesia
Design: Erika Calle Crespo and Marco Haberberger
Area: 300 sqm