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Early in his career, renowned interior designer Juan Montoya lived on La Formentera, a Balearic Island off the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Later, near Garrison, New York, Montoya acquired land and built his place of solace, his own La Formentera. He fulfilled his dream of a property that could evoke the same majesty of that island’s rocky terrain, without the Mediterranean climate. The retreat is made up of an elegantly simple Japanese-style house and 100 acres of pristine landscape, shaped by Montoya himself. Setting out on the paths, one encounters massive stone sculptures, an inviting pool complex, and rustic shelters made of rough stone. A rushing brook runs through the property, and empties into a lake with a small island where thousands of daffodils bloom in the spring. La Formentera is the perfect refuge for Montoya, whose credo is, “I want to be surrounded by beauty and creativity.”

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This remarkable book, lavishly illustrated with more than 400 color photographs, presents a selection of 37 of Montoya’s international projects, ranging from private dwellings to corporate interiors. The work is presented in chronological order, allowing the reader to trace the evolution of the designer’s visual language from the stark, monochromatic rooms with which he first established an international profile, to the more opulent yet relaxed interiors of today. As a witness to the development of Montoya’s style, the reader will recognize many of the fundamental design currents and ideas of the past three decades. It will provide a source of delight and inspiration to design enthusiasts everywhere.

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Always on the cutting edge, Juan Montoya's work exudes refinement and simplicity. Each of his designs features an exquisite juxtaposition of textures, colors, and volumes; an attention to scale, lighting, and spatial qualities; and objects that reflect an interest in a variety of cultures. In addition to creating beautiful, eclectic rooms, these underlying principles have strongly influenced contemporary design.

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