For the last few months, I’ve seen the traditional Spanish lebrillos de fajalauza (the characteristic ceramic from Granada) gracing walls, homes and stores all over the world. You might have seen them too, they are the huge ceramic bowls- usually green and white or blue and white- that people hang on walls, place on big tables or just lay them on the floor. Known in Spanish as lebrillos, they were traditionally used for cooking or for one’s personal hygiene. They have been around for centuries but lately, I started to see them outside Spain more and more often and I think we need to blame Instagram for the lebrillo revival.
You might remember this picture – it’s Veere Grenney house in Tangier and I’ve seen it in most of the Instagram accounts I follow – it kind of went viral when Architectural Digest posted the article back in March 2018
But before Grenney, Saint Laurent used the Spanish Lebrillos in Tangier at his and Berge’s Villa Mabrouka (I’ve always wondered if Greeney took inspiration from Mabrouka for his Tangier home)
Another Instagram account to ‘blame’ the popularity of Lebrillos is @volubilis_art This antiques store in Marbella has plenty of images with beautifully styled lebrillos that makes you want to fill your home with this attractive Spanish Ceramics.
The late Jaime Parladé used Lebrillos in many of his projects.
James Mortimer Photography
Ricardo Labougle photography
I love this pool Pavillion in Sotogrande by Melián-Randolph with a great balance between modern and traditional (You can read my interview with Sylvia Melián Randolph here)
If you are in America, you can find them at CASA GUSTO a beautiful store of antiques, objects, and artworks on Georgia Avenue in West Palm Beach Florida. The space is filled with goods old and new gathered and invented from around the globe. Their lebrillos are made in Mexico and inspired by traditional Andalusian designs.
Intaglios were intended to preserve the arts and culture of ancient times, which had been lost throughout the centuries. Images were carved into stones and used to impress into wax seals. These carvings depict portraiture, renowned architecture, and celebrated scenes from ancient Rome and Greek mythology. In the 19th century, reliefs of these carvings were being reproduced in plaster form and became collectables
Plaster intaglios became to be used as mementoes for the Grand Tour travellers. these small carvings were collected during their travels. They would mount the intaglios into books and then make notes corresponding to each one as to his adventure that resulted in his buying or obtaining that stamp. By the end of the trip a traveller would have books filled with intaglios and notes that would last a lifetime.
I find framed Intaglios a highly effective way to decorate walls and they seem to always work well with both contemporary and traditional homes. Old or new, white or coloured, a simple framing or a playful one. Whatever is your choice, here are a few ideas on how to make the most of your collection.
As a lover of classical architecture and art, there’s no surprise that Alexa Hampton often decorates with Intaglios. She makes them look uber chic in both her own bedroom and her guest bedroom.
The framed intaglios compliment beautifully the wallpaper pattern in this bedroom designed by Todd Richesin
It’s all about the contrast in this elegant space designed by Katie Ridder. The framed intaglios are from KRB. House Beautiful
From Intaglio-filled lamps to decoupage trays, Bridie Hall loves intaglios and she uses them in the most clever way.
If you’re are looking for unique framed intaglios, Parvum Opus is the place to go. The main designer and creative mind, Erika Stafanitti, also shares her ever-growing collection on Instagram – a must follow account for any Intaglio-Bindery lover.
Is there something more whimsical, unexpected and fun than having a jib door at home?Invisible storage, a private powder room, a hidden bar… whatever the reason these secret doors are used for, in all the cases a dose of mystery and instant fantasy are assured.
(Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know the meaning of Jib door until now. Not so long ago I didn’t know it either!)