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Casa Plenaire by Child Studio

Casa Plenaire is an imaginary holiday home for lockdown escapism

As the coronavirus pandemic puts a halt on all travel plans, Child Studio has collaborated with Plenaire to envision an idyllic seaside villa for the "perfect holiday".

Designed as a "hideaway for the lockdown world", Casa Plenaire is seen through a series of dreamy renderings created using 3D modelling programmes.

Casa Plenaire by Child Studio

The project takes its name from skincare brand Plenaire, which up until recently had been working with Child Studio to develop the interiors of its upcoming London store.

As the coronavirus crisis worsened and stay-at-home orders were put in place, the two parties decided to collaborate on a fictitious space that could be experienced via Instagram.

Casa Plenaire by Child Studio

"Suddenly, the feasibility of the store, and the future of physical retail spaces in general, started to look very uncertain," studio founders Che Huang and Alexy Kos told Dezeen.

"During the lockdown period, we find ourselves confined to our homes, and imaginary spaces can provide some escapism and enjoyment," they continued.

"Casa Plenaire is designed to evoke the memories of a perfect holiday."

Casa Plenaire by Child Studio

The imagined home has a sunny, whitewashed interior, similar to the pale villas that dot the coastline of the Greek island Santorini.

At its centre lies a circular bath, flanked by short flights of stairs. They lead up to a rear bedroom, where a mattress dressed in simple brown linens is placed atop a plinth that rises from the floor.

The room's walls have been punctuated with two openings – one of them grants access to a sun terrace clad with terracotta tiles, while the other is a picture window that offers unspoilt vistas of the surrounding ocean.

Its ledge is dressed with a sink basin and a handful of Plenaire products.

On the opposite side of the homes lies a stepped outdoor shower area with burnt-orange walls, complete with arched nooks.

Casa Plenaire by Child Studio

Beachy paraphernalia such as straw hats, striped towels and hand-held fans have been dotted throughout the home, as well as an array of ceramic ornaments and decorative fragments of coral.

A couple of mid-century pieces have also been included in Casa Plenaire. The Anywhere Lamp by Swedish designer Greta von Nessen appears on the bedside table, complemented by a white edition of Finnish designer Eero Aarnio's bulbous Pastil chair.

The entire space is topped with an undulating ceiling, in a nod to the shapely form of buildings by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen.

Casa Plenaire by Child Studio

Child Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio based in London. It has previously created a collection of lamps that are meant to look as if they're "frozen in time".

In 2019, the studio's Humble Pizza project was shortlisted in the restaurant and bar interior category of the Dezeen Awards. The eatery is almost exclusively clad in panels of baby-pink Formica and features cherry wood detailing.