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Get inspired by Unique Homes – Interior designer Mercedes Valdenebro


Unique homes Mercedes Valdenebro

Photography German Saiz


Mercedes Valdenebro, a Sevillian settled in Madrid and co-founder of the interior duo, Las 2 Mercedes, lives in an apartment from the 1930s with a stunning view overlooking El Retiro park together with her husband and their two children.


In 2012, after studying law and working as a photographer, Mercedes joined forces with Mercedes Peralta to set up their own interior design studio focusing on hotels, restaurants and private homes; ”Every one of our projects strives to embody our values of timelessness, warmth and originality”. The duo has taken a strong stand in the interior world and was listed on Architectural Digest´s AD 100 list in 2021.


Tell us about your home?
– My family and I live in a 1930s apartment in a very charming neighbourhood in the centre of Madrid. The most amazing thing about the apartment is that it is on the 7th floor with an incredible view of El Retiro, the biggest and most beautiful park in town. We moved here quite recently as our family grew and we felt the need for a bit more space.


How do you think about the interior when decorating your home and others?
– As interior designers, my business partner, Mercedes and I, consider it very important that our clients feel at home. For us, it means that the house must reflect the identity of the owner and the people living there and how they will spend time in their home. We work very hard on analyzing the way they live and try to leave our own “decorator ego” far away… After that search, we strive to create harmony, balance and of course beauty.



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” I LOVE ANY ROOM WHERE WE CAN DESIGN A BEAUTIFUL LIBRARY – FOR US, IT IS A CENTRAL PIECE IN EVERY HOUSE. ”


How would you describe your design aesthetic?
– It is difficult for me to define my own style. But when I decorate for others I tend to choose classic and natural materials such as wood and marble. I always add modern art, midcentury pieces of furniture and lighting to get a more contemporary feeling.


What’s your favourite room to design?
– I love any room where we can design a beautiful library. For me, it is a central piece in every house.


Where do you find inspiration?
– I find inspiration everywhere and love to travel, walking around in new areas are a great source of inspiration. I also love to see old works of decorators, especially from the 1970s.


Your favourite part of your home?
– The living room with no doubts because of the view, space, the light.. but I think I spend most of my time in the kitchen.


When are you the most creative?
– When I arrive from a trip, full of inspiration but also early in the morning when there is no one else in the studio.
Welsh wool curtains in tobacco, antique french desk Louis XVI style.


From left – Table by Rosenthal and Louis Poulsen Enigma pendant lamp. Art deco side table, armchair from the 70s upholstered in Bisson Bruneel fabric. Art by Spanish artist Alberto Solsona, lamp by Gatto. Eero Saarinen’s Tulipe side table and art by Luis Feito.





” I LOVE ART AND HAVE STARTED TO COLLECT IT LITTLE BY LITTLE – I ALSO LIKE CERAMICS, I WOULD SAY IT IS MY BIGGEST WHIM. ”


What are you looking for at auctions?
– Mid–century design, tables, armchairs, antique tables as well as modern seating. At the moment we are looking at Bukowskis for pieces for a countryside hotel.


What was your latest thing you bought at an auction?
– Two enormous portraits from the 17th century for a country house.


Your top three favourite spots in Madrid?
– Museo del Prado is a must, also La Parra, a classic and beautiful restaurant and El Retiro Park.


What do you like to read?
– Mostly historical novels and old Architectural Digest and The World of Interiors for inspiration.
Coffee table designed by las2mercedes, a yellow art piece by Eusebio Sempere.





” I'M LOOKING FOR MID–CENTURY DESIGN, TABLES, ARMCHAIRS, ANTIQUE TABLES AS WELL AS MODERN SEATING – AT THE MOMENT WE'RE LOOKING AT BUKOWSKIS FOR PIECES FOR A COUNTRYSIDE HOTEL. ”

Bruno Mathsson Jetson swivel easy chair from Bukowskis, ceramic vintage lamp.


From left – Kitchen: Leggera style chairs. Bedroom: midcentury french tapestry and bench from Felipe Lindberg. Bathroom: antique mirror and Cristina Bossini tap.



Do you collect anything in particular?
– I love art and have started to collect it little by little…I also like ceramics, I would say it is my biggest whim.


How do you spend your weekend?
– With my kids! In the park, going to art exhibitions, to El Rastro where you can find antiques everywhere… But also going out with friends, for dinner and drinks, Madrid is a very fun city. And when we have the time we try to go to the countryside a lot.



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50s terrazzo table from Ana Abascal, a Sevillian antique dealer, Ruan Hoffman ceramic bowls.



Bid on objects curated by Mercedes


Ebel, wristwatch, 34 mm.
 
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
Carl-Harry Stålhane,
 
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
Berndt Friberg, two stoneware vases, Gustavsberg Studio.
Hammer price 
12 000 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 SEK
Hermès, a reversible leather 'Constance' belt, 2001.
Hammer price 
5 700 SEK
Estimate 
3 000 SEK
A set of three bar stools, second half of the 20th century.
Hammer price 
2 900 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
A pair of mid-20th-century armchairs.
Hammer price 
520 EUR
Estimate 
250 EUR
Bergboms, ceiling lamp, 1960s-70s.
Unsold
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
Table lamps, a pair, probably Orrefors, 1960s.
Hammer price 
3 800 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
Bruno Mathsson, armchairs "Eva" a pair.
Hammer price 
6 866 SEK
Estimate 
7 000 SEK
Hermès, 'Kelly 35'.
Hammer price 
45 000 SEK
Estimate 
50 000 SEK
A lounge chair by Bruno Mathsson, mid 20th Century.
Hammer price 
11 500 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 SEK
Einar Höste, 4, mixed media on plastic, signed.
Hammer price 
6 200 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 SEK
Werner Janson, mixed media on canvas, signed. Dated -56 verso.
Hammer price 
13 500 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
Jules Schyl oil on canvas signed 1945.
Hammer price 
16 500 SEK
Estimate 
10 000 SEK
Olle Borg, mixed media on paper signed and dated -89.
Hammer price 
6 400 SEK
Estimate 
5 000 SEK
Six beech tree chairs, second half of the 20th Century.
Hammer price 
2 000 SEK
Estimate 
3 000 SEK
A 1940's sofa and lounge chair.
Hammer price 
1 800 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 SEK
Carl Malmsten, a 'Visingsö' oak sofa.
Hammer price 
2 700 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
A mid 20th Century birch drinks table.
Hammer price 
9 100 SEK
Estimate 
5 000 SEK
Olle Gill, mixed media on panel, signed.
Hammer price 
15 500 SEK
Estimate 
3 000 SEK
Atelier Borgila, a sterling silver bowl. Stockholm 1932.
Hammer price 
5 200 SEK
Estimate 
5 000 SEK
Hermès, Scarf, "Fleurs d'Hellade".
Hammer price 
3 600 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
Josef Frank, a 1057 coffee table.
Hammer price 
21 000 SEK
Estimate 
22 000 SEK
A pair of Tito Agnioli P3 easy chairs 1960s.
Hammer price 
8 400 SEK
Estimate 
8 000 SEK
A set of five wooden stools around 1900.
Hammer price 
1 900 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK
A pair of marble coffee tables later part of the 20th century.
Hammer price 
6 200 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 SEK
Yrjö Edelmann, a signed colour lithograph.
Hammer price 
4 200 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 SEK
Table lamps, a pair, functional, 1930s-40s, marked.
Hammer price 
3 400 SEK
Estimate 
4 000 SEK
A pair of 1970s side tables.
Hammer price 
1 800 SEK
Estimate 
2 500 SEK