We passed on the furniture package that the developer offered us as we had set our mind on modern Italian designed furniture in our Samui villa. And, it had to be white! Mary and I had similar ideas on what we liked and what would suit the stunning position we now had with views of the sea from all rooms. It was at this point that we decided to be bold and create the White Villa. Many people thought we were crazy as we also intended to rent when not in residence.

The kitchen was included in the purchase price but as it was dark brown we took the decision to put our own kitchen in and make it ALL WHITE!

We enjoy cooking and wanted an easy to manoeuvre open plan and stylised area, which would blend seamlessly into the lounge/dining area.

Adrian always wanted a Miele coffee machine and we had other ideas for the kitchen appliances e.g. we wanted a steamer instead of a microwave.

We managed to find a kitchen specialist in Bangkok that supplied Italian kitchens, which we wanted. We worked with Binova kitchens and produced plans to suit us.

Eighteen months later when our villa was built, it was all shipped from Italy to Samui and looks great in situ, a big relief, I can tell you.

Relaxing is the name of the game in our villa and we want you to feel at home, but more importantly we want you to be able to relax the instant you arrive.

The living space has a peaceful feel where one can just sit and read (again with an amazing view) or chill and watch one’s favourite DVD on the large 40” flat screen B&O TV which also doubles as a superb sound system.

Lighting is hugely important to us and we were very lucky to acquire some wonderful designer pieces from our friends at Le Cadre Gallery in Hong Kong – more about them later.

Over the years, we have come to the conclusion that our best holidays also consisted of a very comfortable bed. Early on, we decided to splash out on some serious designer beds and mattresses. Most of our guests have a hectic work schedule and appreciate a good sleep, so waking up refreshed and to stunning views often does the trick.

Some of our guests also enjoy some time out of the midday sun reading or listening to music and we decided the guest bedroom could be this space during the day. To this end, we chose a chaise in white leather, which can be a banquet, a straight chaise and a really comfortable queen size bed at night.

But don’t worry, wherever you are in the villa or whatever you are doing, be it relaxing, reading or soaking in the bath, you will always have the view.

Amazingly, for a private residential villa in a resort, you will hear very little noise except the soothing sound of the sea not far below you and the birds in the trees. If things do get too quiet for your liking you can always head down to the RockPool Restaurant and deck and meet some of the other guests.

Rent Villa 14 and relax or your money back!

Villa Samui white leather chaise

This room is the third bedroom/day room. It is such a lovely room with a great view across the terrace to the pool and the sea beyond, so we didn’t want to spoil it by putting two single beds into it, which would mean you only used it to sleep in.

It has become our day room, a place to escape the midday sun and take a nap or read. Just draw the blackout curtains and relax.

At night the Chaise in white leather can be laid flat and it becomes a queen size bed.

Edra Damier Chaiselongue
Based on the square module Damier with the same depth yet with a single frame. When flat, it is queen bed size. By tilting the two ends a double chaise longue is obtained which also allows a “face to face” format for comfortable conversing.

The frame is in tubular metal with a sanded and silver-colour coated support base. The feet are in brushed aluminium with scratch-proof tips in aluminium and rubber. The filling is in flexible and breathable polyurethane. With back covers in Lycra, it can be upholstered in leather and fabrics from the fabric collection and always has a buttoned finish.

Here is the low down on the designers for the chaise and the floor lamp in the third bedroom/day room.

The Designers
Francesco Binfare and Christophe Pillet
Damier ( Edra ) lounger by Francesco Binfare and Duplex Floor Lamp ( Ecart ) – Christophe Pillet.

Francesco Binfare
Francesco Binfaré born in 1939. _After having achieved his artistic education under his father’s guide, he started working for Cassina in 1960. At first as a researcher for new technologies then as Cesare Cassina’s assistant for the new projects and for the realisation of prototypes.

From 1969 to 1976 he was the director of the Centro Cassina In 1980 he created the Centro design e comunicazione for project development.

After he left Cassina in 1991 he designed the matching sofa “L’Homme et la Femme” (1993), Tangeri (1994) and Angels (1996) for Edra; the armchair “Girotonda” in 1994 and the sofa “Grand’angolo” in 1995 for Adele C. Painting, which he still claims is the main source of inspiration for his design. (source: Edra)

Christophe Pillet
Christophe Pillet graduated in Decorative Arts in Nice in 1985, than cooperated with Philippe Starck to become, in 1993; an independent designer whose main interests are projects concerned with interior design and interior architecture.

He takes part of this new and interesting pulse being contemporary French design; he was nominated for “Designer of the Year” in 1994.

Scrupulous designer in the rigorous choice of materials and finishing’s, he searched from the beginning a sober elegance in his collaboration with brands such as Edra, Trussardi, Daum, Lancôme, Shiseido and Whirlpool. (source: Stylepark)

The 40” flat screen B&O TV needs no introduction, just to say it is brill for watching DVD’s and listening to CD’s. Both these activities take place in the TV.

Here is a quick guide to get you started. You will also find the QUICK START guide on the coffee table.

B&O TV AND REMOTE CONTROL FUNCTION

QUICK START

1. TV

Switch on the TV plugs (Plugged into the extension box on the floor).

Press TV on the B&O Remote Control. After several seconds the television will come on. A TV channel will appear. To change channels punch in the channel number or press the RIGHT arrow >> (Next to GO) to flick through the channels. The Channel menu is on the coffee table.

2. CD’S AND DVD’S

The CD/DVD Player is built into the television and you will find this underneath the TV screen. To the right of the centre you will feel a raised area. Press this lightly and after several seconds the DVD draw will open. To close the draw, press the area underneath the screen again, or press the DVD button on the remote control (RC).

Play both CD’S and DVD’S – Press the DVD button on the RC.

Switch-off the TV – Press the button with the RED DOT (RC bottom RT).

DVD MOVIE MENU – Press the BLUE button.

SUBTITLES– Press the GREEN button. Keep pressing the GREEN button until you get to the language you want – No need to press GO after you have selected your language.

AUDIO – Press the RED button for other languages without subtitles.

PAUSE – Press STOP and GO to resume. Press STOP Twice for a Blank Screen.

FAST FORWARD – Press the RIGHT arrow >>. For rewind press the LEFT arrow << – keep pressing for 4 speeds (1234).

MOVIE CHAPTERS – Press UP arrow ^ for next Chapter and DOWN arrow for the beginning of that chapter.

Keep pressing the arrows takes you to the next Chapter UP or the previous Chapter Down.

MUTE the Sound – Press the button between up and down volume button (Press the whole button). Press again for sound.

Next to the B&O TV is the storage cabinet.

Here you will find plenty of DVD’s and CD’s to play. Also, champagne and wine glasses etc.

Lodovico Acerbis
New Concept Stereo/Storage Low Cabinet

In the living area is a white wall cabinet. This cabinet is resting on Perspex stands and has florescent tubes built into it. At night time it looks as if it is suspended off the ground and provides a great backlight to this side of the room.

To turn the cabinet light on press the floor switch next to the cabinet.

Product description:
Sideboards with flap door and adjustable base in matt methacrylate. A rear channel protected by a methacrylate cover, houses the lighting source and hides all TV and HiFi connection cables.. Backs of cases with porthole to let light through and pre-drilled for wire management. Finish: matt lacquered in white. Inside structure white lacquered.

The Designer
Lodovico Acerbis

Lodovico was born in Albino (Bergamo) to a family of furniture makers. As a young boy he first designed a table and chairs for a toy shop. He gained a degree in Business and Economics in Milan and is currently the president of the company that bears his name. It is difficult to pin a label on him as he wears many hats. He is a designer, entrepreneur and manufacturer. Perhaps, calling him a designer who manufactures would be appropriate.

Miele was the first brand to make a built in coffee machine for modern kitchens. It looks the part and does the business.

Here are the instructions for the Miele coffee machine. A copy can also be found on the coffee table.

MIELE BUILT IN COFFEE MACHINE – INSTRUCTIONS

Turn knob, positioned top left of the coffee machine, Clockwise to second position (Quarter past the hour).

Follow the instructions (LED display in window).

The coffee machine will tell you what to do. For example, if the machine needs water it will tell you to fill the water container. Likewise, if it needs coffee beans it will tell you to put some in.

The coffee machine will say “Warming up.” Then it will say
“Select Product.”

Put a coffee cup under the two dispensing spouts and select cup size required (3 raised buttons showing cup size 1,2,3, Espresso size coffees).

The operation is now complete. If you require a Cappuccino or Latte you will need to use the steam nozzle.

Put the milk into the milk jug (Three quarters full will provide approximately 2 to 3 Cappuccino’s or Latte’s).

Turn the Steam knob Anticlockwise and point the steam nozzle away from you. When it starts to steam turn it Clockwise to cut the steam, then place the milk jug underneath and turn it anticlockwise again to turn it back on. Bring the milk to the required temperature and froth.

After removing the milk jug, wipe the steam nozzle with a clean cloth straight away (This is important because if left the milk will stick to the steam nozzle and will be difficult to clean off).

To fill the water container or put more coffee beans in open the front of the coffee machine by pulling from under the top right hand corner.

HOW TO FILL THE WATER CONTAINER
Lift and pull out the water container by its handle and remove the lid. FILL Water container to mark (Use bottled drinking water only, NOT distilled).

HOW TO PUT MORE COFFEE BEANS IN
Pull out the coffee bean draw (Top centre of coffee machine) and lift the lid to put the coffee beans in. Use ONLY roasted coffee beans and not flavoured ones.

Once we said no to the developers brown kitchen we set about designing our own. We knew what we wanted and decided against the high tech industrial look as the kitchen was going to be part of the living/dining area and we didn’t want it to say, ‘Hi, I am the kitchen, look at me’. We went for a white Italian kitchen.

We enjoy cooking and wanted an easy to manoeuvre open plan and stylised area, which would blend seamlessly into the lounge/dining area.

Adrian always wanted a Miele coffee machine and we had other ideas for the kitchen appliances e.g. we wanted a steamer instead of a microwave.

We managed to find a kitchen specialist in Bangkok that supplied Italian kitchens, which we wanted. We worked with Binova kitchens and produced plans to suit us.

Eighteen months later when our villa was completed, the finished kitchen was shipped from Italy to Samui and looks great in situ, a big relief, I can tell you.