HENRY LISKA HAS WORKED ON MANY INTERNATIONAL DESIGN PROJECTS. THIS ONE, IN BERMUDA, STANDS OUT IN HIS MEMORY AS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL.
Together with Architect John D. Watson, Henry spent six months breathing new life into the beautiful Aqua Marina on Bermuda’s south shore. Although the grounds of the villa are extensive, the house itself is not large. Henry decided, therefore, to add to the estate’s entertainment options by creating an open air pavilion on top of the property’s tall, south facing cliff overlooking Warwick Long Bay.
For the walls, Henry chose perforated mahogany panels carved in West Africa. Although crudely fashioned, the screens were finished with great finesse by master painter Douglas Mitchell using a simple emulsion of lime and water.
In homage to the homeowner’s Athenian ancestry, Henry modeled the dining table and serving cabinets on the mid-nineteenth century Hellenic furniture that she adored. As Henry was also working in London at that time, it was easy for him to scout that city’s antique dealers for inspiration. Almost as soon as he started looking, Henry found a suite of neo-classic Hellenic dressing furniture at Carlton Hobbs and based the domed silverware cabinets and dining table on the Queen’s vanity.