Peek inside the ancient Ibiza residence of globetrotter, model, stylist, muse and designer, Yvonne Sporre.
A Sweden native, Yvonne is distinguished since an early age with a curiosity and exceptional artistic talent. “I was always hungry for discovery. It seems that my first word was ‘Look’, and not ‘Papa’ or ‘Mama’. ”
At the age of 14, she flew to Paris to start he modeling career. Her first week in Paris, Yvonne worked for major magazines, posing for for Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Serge Lutens, Steven Meisel and Paolo Roversi. She became the face of Dior and Shiseido beauty. Between castings, she used to knit crochet pieces and traded antique objects she would sell in Stockholm or during her travels. Known for her keen sense of style, it was only naturally that she passed to the other side of the lens. She signed her first series of fashion as a stylist alongside the photographer Jürgen Teller in 1987. As Missoni’s consultant for ten years, she was behind the iconic advertising campaigns that include Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen. Yvonne also consulted for Balenciaga, Loewe, Paul & Joe and many other young designers. Her many talents, expertise, materials, cuts, colors and her mastery of trends were very much appreciated. Her sense of image and brand identity made her an inescapable personality to the fashion industry.
Yvonne’s dream is to start an interior accessories collection that includes pillows, linens and china patterns and prints belonging to the brand. “I am passionate about interior design. I worked for interior magazines on concepts such as ‘How to decorate your first apartment without money.’ ” Her former London home, that she bought at the age of 27, when her career was on the rocks, had a magical feel to it.
“With walls that were seven meters high, a beautiful garden and accessories from all around the world, it was like a scene from Alice in Wonderland.” It was an atmosphere similar to her property’s in Ibiza, which she bought after an introduction from a friend. “A friend called me one day to tell me, ‘I have found you a house.’ I was happy in London so I refused to go for it. But when I saw the place, I was torn. I snapped. I used to go there on holiday with my parents and my boyfriend at the time.” The designer has always been committed to Ibiza’s bohemian spirit, its hippy chic atmosphere and natural charm. “Despite its urbanization, its soul remained intact.”
Today dividing her time between Paris and Ibiza, Yvonne admits she struggled to leave her calm oasis. “The month of January is my favorite. Sunny days and evenings by the fireplace there are magical. Light and nature are at their peak with these white, pink and neon yellow flowers. In Ibiza, you can eat outside all year and some places are open without interruption.” Yvonne loves to host and organize dinners with that fantastic view overlooking the Salinas and Formentera.
Casa Cita, her home, is also home to all her friends: farmers, princesses, artists, known or anonymous personalities, she welcomes guests with the utmost generosity. Her favorite activities? To admire the views, walk on the beach with her dogs, stroll, look after her garden and accessorize her home. If the building was ancient, Yvonne renovated it and expanded it gradually: “I have built new rooms, terraces and designed my ideal garden with cacti, bamboo and palm trees. I care for my house as I would care for a baby. It’s a constant work. “The original Ibizenco style consists of rustic elements (straw and wood) and a blend of the most feminine details (lace, macramé and crochet). Far from any trend, the only rule is there are no rules. Yvonne is a magician. In twenty years she sees herself as a butterfly fluttering from flower to flower, drawing the world in colors.