Creative House Swap
A new home exchange community for design and art professionals promises sojourns in eclectic residences the world over. By Stephanie Madison.
Above: Architect’s home – Bali, Indonesia
Launched in March 2013 by Barcelona-based designers and long-time home exchangers Agusti Juste and Eva Calduch, Behomm enables creatives to travel and holiday in each other’s properties for free.
Juste says he and Calduch founded the site to connect like-minded people who shared a love of “tasteful things” and hankered for more enriching travel experiences.
“We are graphic designers and members of other home exchange sites and we realised that actually, we always ended up exchanging with…people working in areas similar to ours,” Juste says.
“(It’s) why we decided to launch Behomm, a community we built to satisfy what we were looking for.”
The site offers a search tool for finding friends amongst members to request an invitation while applications can also be placed for a founder’s invite.
Subscription-based, Behomm offers a 50-day free trial. Those who join can list and view properties and contact other home exchangers through a secure internal system.
In addition, five per cent of the site’s proceeds are donated to Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organisation providing architectural solutions to humanitarian crises.
Many have already jumped on-board – architects, art directors, ceramic artists and fashion stylists.
While the most requested destinations are currently New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, an array of settings are available to suit various wanderlust tastes from urban and beach to country in places such as Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Francisco and Morocco amongst others.
Since its launch Behomm has amassed more than 600 properties including, according to Juste, some “very unique” homes; think: a tiny, 215sq ft house on an Italian island, a rustic Belgium beer factory and a wood cabin nestled on an isle a stone’s throw from Vancouver.
Juste says, for he and Calduch, home exchange isn’t merely about free global accommodation.
“It’s about sharing and making personal connections…Through Behomm, we want to change the way our community of designers and visual artists travel, making the world a friendlier place.”