Behomm, a house swapping site launched in 2013, has the allure of a siren’s song: it offers unspeakably beautiful vacation rentals in places like Binyamina, Israel; Bondi, Australia; and Seggiano, Italy. Each place is owned by a creative professional with established bona fides: creative director roles at taste-making brands, principal spots at architecture firms, and publicists for designers, to name a few.
You’ll find more professionally photographed apartments of well-to-do interior designers in Behomm than, say, in a year’s subscription of a shelter magazine.
Behomm monitors or prescribes zero by way of money exchanges. Bartering is encouraged, and sometimes that means no money is exchanged at all.
Of course, getting into this club of Marcel Breuer chairs, antique mantelpieces, and Smeg fridges is not easy. Behomm's community is closely curated, and thus incredibly exclusive. Behomm is invitation-only, and every member must work in the creative disciplines (largely designers and visual artists) outlined in the Behomm application. Each potential candidate must also import high-quality photos of his or her (gorgeous, obviously) apartment, house, or castle upon requesting access to see the listings.
It’s an incredibly compelling concept, one the founders, Barcelona-based graphic designers Eva Calduch and Agust Juste, brought to life after a particularly frustrating period poring over listings on HomeExchange.com. What they needed was a house-exchange commonwealth that was highly edited—preferably according to their own obsessions with well-appointed spaces. As such, Behomm is just 1,600 members total.
Here now, 11 beautiful examples to whet the appetite of any design lover. Want more? Head on over to Behomm’s official site, or check out this list of vacation rentals that belong on any design nerd’s bucket list.