In the midst of a juniper orchard, a rustic, waterfront property perched on top of a cliff on the Cap de Barbaria—only 60 miles from Africa’s Barbary Coast—is where designer Philippe Starck works and plays a few months out of the year.
The French icon, known for creating avant-garde interiors, furniture, and household items, designed the six-bedroom, six-bathroom villa in Formentera, Spain, in the mid-1990s. Starck has since used the home as an escape, but it’s now listed by Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty for 7.9 million euros (US$9 million).
Situated in the Balearic Islands, Formentera is the calmer sibling of Ibiza and Mallorca, offering pristine beaches ideal for a peaceful getaway. It’s a place of crystal-clear waters, pale pink sand, and an untamed landscape. “Formentera is a paradise in the center of Europe,” Starck says. “It’s a rock, like a boat, in the middle of the sea. I don’t know anything more perfect; I don’t know anything more rare.”
Starck says his Formentera house has given him “the greatest inspiration,” more so than his other properties, and many of his projects were born during his time spent at home on the island. That’s unsurprising, considering the home’s organic design—the structure appears as if it’s grown from the very ground on which it stands. “This house is magical,” Starck says. “Just like Formentera is magical, nothing else can compare.”
Red Venetian stucco walls enclose the nine-acre compound, which includes a 4,300-square-foot main house with four identical bedrooms and four bathrooms, and a guest house split into two studios with two baths. In the primary residence, natural light streams through large windows, providing phenomenal views of the Mediterranean Sea and Formentera’s rugged coastline.