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Inspired By: Luis Barragan

In Isabel Marant, italian, J Crew, lapo elkann, proenza schouler on March 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Luis Barragan is considered one of the most influential 20th Century architects. He is most notably known for his use of space and light; reinventing the International Style by infusing color, texture and ultimately pioneering Mexican Modernism with his use of vibrant colors, and accentuating the building’s natural surroundings. I am most drawn to his off beat color combinations. The images of his work are truly breathtaking. I find his color combinations of faded pine, saffron, strawberry, and a shot of blue or red to be so current and relevant to many Spring Collections. Take a look..

Egerstorm in Mexico

Isabel Marant’s  Strawberry Pink Tunic/Dress

Proenza Schouler’s PS1 Bag in Saffron

J. Crew’s Faded Pine Bikini (PS-How great is the wallpaper in the background!)

Although an older shot, always chic Lapo Elkann really ties all the colors together in this ensemble. If only his pocket square was saffron.

Image Property of The Sartorialist.

The images shown here barely scratch the surface of Barragan’s talent. To learn more about him, go here.


Spotlight on: The Twombly Family

In art, boho chic, cy twombly, italian on February 19, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Painting by Cy Twombly

I have always loved the work of American Artist-Cy Twombly. He is most well-known for his large-scale scribble, calligraphic works that are somewhere between a painting and a drawing.  I also found out he shares the same birthday as I do! His son, Alessandro is also an artist. He is most well-known for his brighter works, primarily flowers. Alessandro is married to Argentinian designer, Soledad and they live with their family outside of Rome in a gorgeous, boho-chic farmhouse. Soledad is a  designer and her name pops up frequently on many best dressed lists. Her atelier in Rome is to die for!

Paintings by Alessandro Twombly

All Images of the Twombly Farmhouse from Elle Decor

Soledad's Atelier in Rome

Cy lived in Rome during the sixties, and Alessandro’s mother still lives there. Below is a  picture from Vogue 1966 of Cy’s Roman Palazzo. It is so beautiful and I love the juxtaposition of the abstract art and the classical furnishings. It is almost shocking that this picture is from the Sixties. It looks like it could have been ripped out of a current Elle Decor. Simply beautiful!

Like the Missonis (posted here) I love the creativeness that runs through the family lineage. It is so inspiring.

Spotlight on:Indarica Gazzoni

In boho chic, inspiration, italian, suzani on February 17, 2010 at 10:19 pm

I was recently introduced to the work of Indarica Gazzoni when a bunch of samples arrived at work. She is an Italian artisan who specializes in handpainted wallpaper, fabrics, and floors. Her patterns are inspired by nature and old world patterns across cultures. Her website shows many images of her products installed in various houses. They are simply beautiful. Available through Harbinger.

A Handpainted Floor

A patterned floor and ceiling

A Handpainted Mural