The Weekend House in Portugal – Vineyard Villa

Situated in the District of Évora, Montemor-o-Novo, this beautiful villa is a perfect place for a relaxing weekend…

Designed to be a family weekend retreat, this magnificent villa is the work of two brilliant architects and interior designers, Ana Proença and Célia Mestre from Atelier Spacemakers.

Vineyard Villa
Vineyard Villa


The space exudes comfort, originality and authenticity, along with contemporary feel broken down with several vintage pieces that are integrated for added charm and warmth.

The project was meticulously designed from scratch using a choice of bespoke finishing materials and furniture. The house was developed on a single ground floor and it is characterised by modern architecture and clean lines, featuring large spaces and light fixtures, facing the exterior through large glass floors and patios.

Vineyard Villa's Dining Room
Vineyard Villa’s Dining Room


The living room is linked directly to the dining area, where the chairs, dining table and the animal print rug are the main features. The COLTRANE Pendant Lamp, by one of our luxury lighting brands (DelightFULL) with minimalist lines and black and gold finish, emerges as an element that, besides being functional, is a decorative and sculptural object, that stands out above all because of its style and simplicity.

Vineyard Villa's Games Room
Vineyard Villa’s Games Room


The game and cinema rooms open to a contemporary living room where the furnishings are simple, but where the DUKE Suspension Lamp features as adramatic, yet subtle and trendy lighting piece that illuminates and enchants.

Vineyard Villa's Suite
Vineyard Villa’s Suite


In the suite, white, beige and woody tones dominate the chromatic palette. In the reading corner, the neoclassical chest, which is one of the owner’s family pieces, is a stand out piece, and it perfectly matches with the armchair and footrest designed by Charles Eames. The SINATRA Floor Lamp enhances the elegance and simplicity that was intended for this space.


Vineyard Villa's Living Room
Vineyard Villa’s Living Room

Time to lighten up

Have you ever thought what your life would be like without light?

Most of us are so used to lit spaces, that we never think about this commodity, apart from those rare occasions, when faced with a power cut and lights going off in the evening.

I don’t know about you, but those rare incidents make me feel really uneasy… Being faced with darkness, if not voluntary, is not pleasant at all. This is the best proof that light, and lighting are essential parts of our lives, and can alter our moods drastically.

Following this train of thought; we can really play with the light in our interiors to achieve different effects, purposes and to induce various moods to our space. Knowing how to achieve what we want using lighting can be extremely beneficial, as it gives us scope to cleverly ‘manipulate’ our interior, without having to rearrange, or change our décor. It can help us re-purpose any space , and make it as we wish, quickly and cost effectively.

Using the right type of lighting and placing it correctly, can prove to be a little difficult, but when done properly, it can really work wonders in our interior, and bring harmony to all of its elements.

So what are the basic rules, or ways in which we can make lighting work for our rooms, homes, offices and how to achieve different effects? Here are several ideas on how to illuminate interiors and objects for best results:

Adjust your ambient lighting to the right level.

Ambient lighting is crucial in all interiors; here we are talking about overall illumination of your space. If possible, it’s best to think about lighting before you start to decorate a room. What furniture will there be and where will it go? How will you be using the room: is it mainly for use during the day or at night? For study or entertainment?

The key trick with ambient lighting is to get its temperature and level of brightness right. Ambient lighting is often used for task purposes, so a dimmer switch is a good idea, as it helps us adjust the light to the right level, so that the functionality of our interior is maintained, while not missing out on mood and character.

Prepare for the spotlight

Spotlight, or accent lighting is your best bet if you want to create points of interests, or add a bit of drama to your interior. It is used widely in interior design in order to draw attention to particular objects, or features; e.g. a sculpture, painting, or texture of materials such as wood or bricks. Accent lighting will only be effective if it’s at least three times stronger then the rest of lighting in the room. When the right level is achieved, it can really play up the whole interior and its best features.

Another interesting way of using spotlights is placing them in corners of the interior, where you don’t normally have any light. Such placement enables you to play with the mood of interior, particularly if strength of accent lighting can be adjusted (a dimmer comes handy again!).

Look after your eyes with task lighting

This type of lighting is essential in many types of interiors; commercial and private, and it helps you see things clearly and strain your eyes less, so that you can complete all the jobs and activities, while ensuring minimal effort to your eyes. Here is where all the floor and desk lamps, as well as pendant, cabinet, recessed and track lighting come in to play.  Think about how functional your space needs to be and where is the best placement for this type of lighting.

All you need to remember is that task lighting needs to be bright enough for your eyes not to strain, plus free of shadows and glare, which are distracting.

Good luck with making the lighting work its magic in your interior, and feel free to explore our amazing statement lighting collection, which brings you way much more than just illumination!

What does ‘Vintage’ actually mean?

We hear and talk about Vintage often, but what do we actually mean when we say ‘Vintage’?

‘Vintage’ is often used to describe different items, in different categories, different qualities, different ages, but what does vintage truly mean? Are we using this term correctly, and how is vintage different to retro?

The word ‘Vintage’ was first used in the early 15th century. It was taken from the Old French vendage, meaning wine harvest. Whenever we talk about vintage wine we talk about wine from particular harvest, or crop.

This word today is used not only in relation to wine, but also when describing other items from the past, like clothing, or furniture.

So what does ‘Vintage’ mean outside of the wine category?

By Vintage we usually mean an old item, which carries certain nostalgic value, and potentially is of high quality. Vintage normally means something that is at least 20 years old, but not more than a 100, as then it would be classified as antique.

This ‘rule’ applies to furniture; anything that’s older than 100 years is usually termed antique. Anything more recent could be called vintage (unless it’s ‘younger’ than 20-30 years old). Term ‘Vintage’ is commonly used to describe an item that is representative of predominant style of particular period, not just any old item that falls into the aforementioned timelines.

Vintage and retro are sometimes used interchangeably, however there is a real difference between meanings of these two words. ‘Retro’ means something patterned after an old style; it doesn’t have to be old, or from particular era, but it resembles, or imitates trends and tendencies of recent past.

Both Vintage and Retro give an amazing opportunity of creating an inspirational and individual style in clothing and interior decoration. A very special design could be formed from contemporary, very recent pieces combined with objects which are representative of different periods. Vintage and Retro truly point at a wide range of items and possibilities, and open a window for creativity and imagination in the world of fashion and interior decor.

Thanks to vintage and retro being a vital ingredient of contemporary furniture and the decor market, anyone can be taken on a journey to a not so distant past, immerse in a spirit of a particular era and bring some of this experience into their everyday life, by introducing vintage or retro objects into their surroundings.


Born to be a star

Maddox Quirke – The Beginning

Maddox Quirke is a baby; it was born in January 2016 out of love for rare and unique items; predominantly home decor. The idea was ignited by the discovery of different materials and techniques that are not widely used in the furniture/decor industry. These findings led us to the realisation that there is a void in the market for unique, bespoke, organic, raw, amazing objects and creations, rather than just what we’ve learned to call ‘furniture’ and ‘home accessories’.

Having all this in mind, we have decided to establish a company which will enable our clients to explore different materials, techniques and styles, while supplying rare, or unique pieces, that give interiors an extraordinary look and feel.


Maddox Quirke is a startup; we are constantly evolving and growing; we are always on the lookout for new ideas, artists, craftsmen and companies that we can invite to collaborate with us. Feel free to contact us if you have any ideas, or projects in mind, if you are an artist, or simply if you want to chat about anything that we do (or could do).

We are busy working on our first furnishings and decor collections; which will include only one-off items in variety of styles. Each piece tells a unique story which is personal to the artist and/or craftsmen creating it. You can view how the collection expands here.

We are also busy spreading the word about who we are, and how we position ourselves on the market. We are very excited about what we have to offer; especially that there is so much more to come! Get to know us better by following us on Twitter.

Our Plans

So… we are a baby, but who do we want to be when we grow up? We want to expand our portfolio and enable great artists to become a part of something big and meaningful. Our aim is to enhance people’s lives by enhancing their interiors, and proving how extraordinary and incredible they can be.

At the same time we want to enable craftsmen, artists and companies who create real gems, to come out and shine in the interior and decor world.

We care about the environment and support ‘No Sweat’ philosophy; we believe that these values are fundamental to a REAL success in today’s world. Because of this, one of our goals is to set up a charity, which will also ‘embrace rare’ by helping people with rare illnesses, and helping to save rare, or close to extinction wildlife.

Watch this space!