You’ve said Flamingo Estate was founded on the simple idea of pleasure; how does this manifest?
Richard Christiansen: Pleasure is a human right. Pre COVID-19, I feel like we may have lost sight of that. It was a bit of a time stop to put a hard filter on what brings us pleasure; the music we listen to, the people we bring into our world, the wine we drink, the food we eat, the sex we have – all of those basic human needs. It’s about questioning, ‘is this what I want?’ That’s the cornerstone of what we’re trying to do here.
We’ve worked hard to create a series of spaces at Flamingo Estate that double down on those fundamental human pleasures; a great kitchen, good music, a long, deep hot bath, wide windows that open up to the garden wagon-loads of Jasmine growing outside of the bathroom window. It’s that idea of inspiration for all of your senses, all of the time. Living in that constant environment of joy is something everyone can edit for themselves, in big or small ways.
I once had a friend that said the nicest thing about my house was that all of the windows opened up all of the way, so they could always hear the birds singing. Some of those simple human truths are the most important to embrace in a home.