LA VIE EN ROSÉ Our Life in Pink
Karl and I began our journey together in the breathtaking Balearic Islands off eastern Spain working on board a luxury charter yacht.
We spent close to a decade on the super yacht circuit, enduring endless months in shipyards overseeing interior refits in Italy, France and Spain then finally finishing our tenure at sea on the epic 90m S/Y Athena, the largest private sailing yacht at the time, owned by US tech Billionaire Jim Clark.
We joined Athena in Holland when she was a mere shell and went on to win the prestigious Show Boats International Award in Monaco for the best interior sailing yacht, the year we delivered her.
At the time of the Yacht’s launch in Monaco we were simultaneously responsible for producing 200 pages of styled interiors alongside the acclaimed National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos for the hard-cover coffee table book, Athena.
We have designed custom knock-down luxury beach club settings for the 87m super yacht ACE built by Lürssen, in addition to a permanent designer furniture installation for a prestigious VIP beach club in Cannes on the French Riviera.
In 2010 we were contracted by the Qatari Royal Family to design, manufacture and deliver a fully furnished Royal canvas villa within the grounds of the Emir’s Palace in Doha.
This project consisted of a rigid 6 month timeline including a nine-day intensive install, with a monumental amount of moving parts - international freight management, custom furniture, the procurement of lighting, floor coverings and all the finishing touches for a luncheon gathering for 14 international dignitaries.
From Luxury Yachts to Exclusive Events
In 2008 we moved our Head Office from Auckland to Perth and quite by default our focus shifted from interior design to luxury event production. On returning home we noticed that Australia wide there was nothing readily available for high-end events and luxury weddings.
Cue Villa Kula Events, a bespoke event design company incorporating luxury canvas villas and beautiful designer furniture and effects for hire. We had found our niche.
Our design team successfully went on to produce tens of thousands of bespoke corporate event landscapes, luxury brand product launches & A-list weddings for clients spanning from Monaco to St Barth’s to New Zealand & the outback of Western Australia. Our event design team set the bar high and pathed the way for numbers of new boutique event businesses to blossom Australia wide.
Fourteen years on and eleven custom furniture collections later we have come full circle.
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Our Full Circle Journey
Over the past 24 months in a very organic way Villa Kula has morphed back into permanent design for the hospitality and residential sector starting with a European beach club inspired refit of the Ocean Pool at the award winning Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, followed by a refit of the resorts family pool and alfresco Asian fusion restaurant.
Most recently we designed five community hubs within the Claremont Quarter shopping precinct each with their very own unique personality, including a penthouse apartment inspired lounge, a luxurious library nook and a quirky teen retreat. This custom project consisted of commercial grade made to order designer rugs, bespoke furnishings and decor.
In November 2019 we made the commercial and very personal decision to focus wholly on residential and hospitality projects and say goodbye to our event management and design arm. It’s the end of an era for VK Events but an exciting new chapter for us as designers and we couldn’t be more excited.
Villa Kula is a family business & a surfing family. We have a strong connection with the ocean and share a passion for global interiors and design.
Fiona Fordham Account Manager (left)
Fiona worked as our bookkeeper in the infant stages of VK and re-joined our team some 18 months ago in the capacity of Account Manager. Fi is a certified accountant and our strategic left side of the brain thinker. At the age of 18 she had bought and paid off her first home. Fiona is brilliantly analytical. Planning and scheduling is her extraordinary strength as well as being an excellent intermediary when Karl and I might not agree (from time to time!)
Vanessa Fordham Designer/ Project Manager (right)
I am a proudly self-taught fanatical designer and entrepreneur which I attribute to my fabulous parents. They flipped houses for profit before it was even a thing and they encouraged me to travel abroad at a young age to get a global education. My first successful business was hatched at age 19 after returning from a year overseas when I won a $20,000 business grant from Nescafe Big Break Awards for introducing rollerblades to the Australian market.
Karl Cramond Director / Project Manager (right)
Karl is a kitchen obsessed Kiwi and a classically trained Chef who has privately catered for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner, Adrian Brody, Russian Oligarchs and Saudi Royals. Having spent more than 20 years working in high-pressure, fine-dining establishments Karl has a very hands-on considered approach to kitchen design. “Form, function & good flow must all blend seamlessly together for a great kitchen to work.” says Karl.
In our spare time we thoroughly enjoy renovating rough diamonds and flipping our fully furnished turn-key homes for profit.
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Our new online store is a curated collection of beautiful designer pieces from our pre-loved property and event styling range as well as exciting new collections of unique and stylish furniture & homewares sourced globally.
We invite you to return to our store regularly as we engage with innovative new suppliers from around the world and develop our luxury brand.