"I was most concerned, however, that the interior should not look contrived. I wanted it to look as though it had been put together by the owners themselves. Not everything has to match, for example."
Santa-Cruz says creating an interior with objects and furniture of different styles comes down to careful editing.
"It is all about finding a common design language, so these items can begin to talk to each other. For this project, that language came from an international understanding the owners are well travelled and could appreciate the value of the pieces we sourced in Paris, New York, Buenos Aires and online.
"In every room there is a balance, and it's not just a balance of colour and texture, but also a balance in the provenance of the pieces."
Much of the design was influenced by the work of Jean-Michel Frank, a French interior designer working from the mid '20s through to 1941.
This influence can be seen in the living room, which has a quiet formality. The room features a grand piano, a white '70s Serpentine sofa by Vladimir Kagan, a '70s gazelle sculpture that is an Art Deco motif, a blue cracked lacquer coffee table by Edouard de la Marque, and a contemporary diptych artwork by David Bell.
"Throughout the house we added table lamps of different styles when the owners found it hard to choose between two lamps we found a home for both," the architect says. "This also ensures there is an element of playfulness about the interior design it is not too serious."
The library room, shown above, has an Italian aged-leather sofa and chair designed by Peter Marino. Because there was a shortage of bookshelves due to the large number of windows, Santa-Cruz custom designed a custom iron and gilt sofa table with shelves.