Mexico has always held a great allure for me. The beauty and diversity of the terrain, the many wonderful people I’ve gotten to know, not to mention the delicious food and obligatory margaritas. I’ve been lucky to work on several homes around this magical country over the years. None, however, has been as inspiring a task as my latest, Casa El Faro, a modernist aerie perched high on a rocky point on the Baja peninsula overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
Dramatic 16-foot pivoting glass doors open onto an entry hall — whose abstractly patterned floor is composed of green, gray, white, and cream marbles — sets the palette for the rest of the house. The whimsical plaster cactus reliefs, modeled on those found in the surrounding topography, were hand-carved by local artisans onto the walls and pull the eye upward. The giant woven-rope globe lights, made in a nearby village, and have a rustic appeal that I wanted to introduce to soften the grandeur of the 26-foot-high space to bring it back to a beach-house vibe.