I first read about Wounaan handmade Hösig Di™ basketry from Panama, in ARTNews. I was immediately taken with the beauty and geometry of their graphic patterns. I had been looking for something unique for a project I was finishing and I felt that the baskets could be perfect. Overall, the home was very traditional but the media room was to be a more contemporary space. I had the opportunity to bring in something more rustic and handmade. We had already done the entire estate with refined decorative arts and had used almost every type of beautiful accessory imaginable. I was searching for something truly unique that worked well with the color scheme of red, olive and pale gold. Continue reading 'The Beauty and Wonder of Rainforest Baskets'»
I just returned from a magical holiday in Puerto Vallarta. Although I’ve been to several other places in Mexico, this was my first trip to Vallarta. As always, I wanted to stay in a well designed hotel, one that would allow me to experience one of the best designs of the region I am visiting. I found this at the Hacienda San Angel in the Centro region of Puerto Vallarta. Continue reading 'Heaven just might be in Puerto Vallarta….'»
A book I am currently enjoying is India Contemporary by Henry Wilson. India, with its fast rising economy and burgeoning middle class, has developed a breadth of design styles, retaining its history of arts and crafts while embracing modernity.
The traditional jali or pierced screen used on windows is reimagined in an ingenious “bamboo” pattern and fabricated of metalwork.
Always deeply creative in its arts, the new designs fast forward the tribal traditions to the present.
Here a courtyard is painted by a Madhubani tribal artist, taking ancient folk art and adapting it for today…
…the same tradition is made glamorous in a gold-leafed mural in this entrance.
India was never shy with its colors. As Diana Vreeland famously said, “Pink is India’s navy blue”. Rich and wonderful color combinations enliven the designs of everything from India.
A balcao (covered walkway) in Goa is perfectly charming due to its colors and lush greenery.
A very striking modern home made of concrete, stone and wood consciously focuses on indigenous contemporary arts.
Here, traditional black and white herringbone tile floors, classic furnishings in neutral colors, and old wooden doors from a private prayer room create a bold and modern look.
Maybe this is one of the reasons why the country has been known as “Mother India”, its very nature is one of creativity and a great valuing of the arts.
All the best to you,
I just had a minute to go through my stack of design magazines that are waiting patiently for me to give them some attention. And there I found the February edition of Italian AD (Architectural Digest). On the front cover was the following: “Trend: Design etnico”. Now, I don’t speak Italian, but I knew enough to translate that into a confirmation of my blog titled “Ethnoglamour, is it a trend?”. So now we know for sure, yes, it is a trend! And you heard it here first…….
All the best to you,
At the Tribal Art and Textile Show in San Francisco this past weekend, I was surprised by the number of dealers there from Europe. Brussels, Paris and Munich were well represented. The items available from the Europeans were fabulous African carvings, Persian rugs, and Aboriginal carvings and textiles. Continue reading 'Tribal Art and Textiles'»
This weekend, I was thinking about the use of ethnic art and artifacts in contemporary interiors. There are so many unique textiles and decorative objects that can be used in rooms, but use too many of them and it looks very Santa Fe, 1987. A great way to use them is as sculpture in an otherwise clean and glamorous interior. Continue reading 'Ethnoglamour Design – Is it a Trend?'»