Philpotts Interiors

Makani Eka

North Kona Coast, Hawaiʻi, HI

Landscape, architecture and interiors merge seamlessly in this spectacular home on the Kona Coast of the island of Hawaii. This fusion of elements has created a home that is both modern and functional. The home lies along the boundary of an ancient Hawaiian footpath once used to circumvent the island. From this site line the dramatic coastline and serene Kua Bay are readily visible.

Paying homage to Old Hawaii hale, the design teams created separate buildings connected by paths. The structures are utterly simple with lines that are open and contemporary. The materials – wood and stone wall focal points, reference churches built by missionaries to the islands in the 19th century.

The owner has chosen artwork to be displayed throughout the home and the pieces of furniture selected are all simple in form creating a casual, modernist presence.

The floors throughout the home are beautifully finished concrete making them easy to maintain and cool to the touch. The wood walls are washed with warm taupe tones that nicely contrast with the white wood wainscoting and cabinets. Doors and windows throughout the structure make  strong, angled statements.

The master bedroom is bathed in cool, blue tones and the furnishings are minimal – a platform bed and niche desk that are both beautiful and functional. The master bath has a shower glass wall that pivots to open the shower to an outside garden. In the outdoor space is an additional shower and space for a massage table.

In the master building pod is an office complete with minimal, built-in desk console, Eames table desk and lounge chair with an ottoman. A diptic by artist Mizumi Oda supplies a note of playfulness and fun. There is also an area for lounging, shuffleboard, watching TV and afternoon napping. The furniture is this area is of bold, red, indestructible material. The red is accented with black and tan.