September 2020

Toggling between playful and neutral, a Margaret Bissu design strikes the right tone.

Overlooking the beach in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, along Mexico’s Pacific Coast, this three-level penthouse reflects a mix of “sweet and sour” through colors and materials according to interior designer Margaret Bissu. The living room, dining area, kitchen and three bedrooms are located on the first floor; the family room, master bedroom and another bedroom occupy the second story; and the terrace, with an outdoor living and dining area plus pool, are nestled on the third level. In every space, Bissu played with patterns and touches of bright colors that pop against the neutral backdrop.

The relaxing ambience was achieved through an innovative and surprising style. “I wanted to create a penthouse with modern accents to reflect joy in a fresh atmosphere,” the interior designer says. In the living room, furnished with several pieces created by Margaret Bissu Interior Design, and in the dining room, adorned with a collection of Fornasetti plates, the contemporary look and feel is an invitation to spend relaxing moments together while enjoying the spectacular ocean view. The family room is more playful, while the terrace is more neutral. Colorful Missoni rugs, a Frank Gehry Wiggle Side Chair, Christopher Guy mirror, an Orfeo Quagliata object and Crinoline armchairs by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia are some of the gems in this apartment. “It’s not a conventional beach home design as it’s not 100
[percent] Mediterranean nor tropical,” Bissu says. Here, the combination of hues, textures and styles creates a visual balance that is full of energy.