Though Itz’ana Resort & Residences, located in Placencia, Belize, doesn’t officially open until winter of 2016, there’s a way to experience a taste—without having to purchase one of their private beachfront villas. The interiors were designed by NYC-based Samuel Amoia, who transformed natural materials into simple, geometric pieces that fuse beautifully with the local setting. Itz’ana’s developers, Foundry Collective, were impressed enough with the results to want more people to see (and use) them. Thus, the Itz’ana Home collection was launched to the public.
“I was traveling around Belize and Central America searching and working with different vendors for the hotel, In my travels I found it very refreshing and inspiring: all of this work being done by hand and so slowly crafted,” Amoia tells CH. “The palo blanco wood is very similar to white oak and it takes a finish beautifully. The collection was inspired by the beach and beautiful bold clean lines you often see in my work.” Our favorite standout is the console desk with unexpected zigzagging sides, akin to a washboard. “The console was inspired off of my favorite artist Jean Michel Frank,” notes Amoia.
For more furniture using natural materials, the designer will be launching Amoia Studio—a collaboration between himself and his youngest brother Dominic, a sculptor—next month, 20 October.
From geometric lamps and side tables to patterned wooden screens, each piece is available in a variety of colors, ranging from natural shades of wood to light pastels; the finishes are hand rubbed. Prices start at $800 and inquires can be made via email.
Images courtesy of Itz’ana Home