Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Inspiring Interiors

Howard Hodgkin. Portrait of the Artist

“I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work,  but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring others things to look at” Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017)

Howard Hodgkin life-long passion for collecting started early when as a child he began assembling what would eventually become an extensive and important collection of Indian art. But he didn’t stop there. Over the course of seven decades, his interests widened impressively. A glance at the inventory of the estate he left after his recent death in March 2017 reveals a bewildering diversity. In addition to Indian art, his eclectic taste extended to the wider field of Islamic art: modern British paintings, tapestries, rugs and carpets: sculpture, prints; furniture; antiquities; ceramics and glass: and least, a library, situated under his studio, containing an astonishing array of archives and books.

“He believed in what he called ‘Costume jewellery for the home’: objects with little apparent, practical use that excited the eye in unexpected ways…” Antony Peattie

 

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin’s London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

 

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

400 of this fascinating pieces will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 24 October. See below some of my favourite lots.

Fragment from the Von Hirsch Garden Carpet. Northwest Persia, 17th century. Howard Hodgkin's collection.

Fragment from the Von Hirsch Garden Carpet. Northwest Persia, 17th century

 

Exotic Chinoiserie landscape tapestry. France, Aubusson. Mid 18th century.

Exotic Chinoiserie landscape tapestry. France, Aubusson. Mid 18th century.

 

 

'Emperor Akbar Riding an elephant on a hunting expedition' Mughal, early 17th century

‘Emperor Akbar Riding an elephant on a hunting expedition’ Mughal, early 17th century

 

Iznik Pottery tile with pomegranates. Turkey, c.1580-1620

Iznik Pottery tile with pomegranates. Turkey, c.1580-1620

 

 

De-Luxe Tailors, Bhupen Khakhar. 1972

De-Luxe Tailors, Bhupen Khakhar. 1972

 

Scallop shell crested oval frame. In the manner of William Kent. 18th century

Scallop shell crested oval frame. In the manner of William Kent. 18th century

 

Single niche (qanat) tent panel. Mughal India, possibly Jaipur. Probably 17th/18th century.

Single niche (qanat) tent panel. Mughal India, possibly Jaipur. Probably 17th/18th century.

 

 

Italian mirror. 18th century

Italian mirror. 18th century

 

Upholstered sofa. East Caucasus. The Soumakh circa 1870. The sofa victorian.

Upholstered sofa. East Caucasus. The Soumakh circa 1870. The sofa victorian.

 

 

Rococo Wall bracket. Germany. 18th century

Rococo Wall bracket. Germany. 18th century

 

 

Carved Jali screen. India 18th century

Carved Jali screen. India 18th century

 

Images: Sotheby’s

Indian Summer

While I can’t complain about the Indian Summer in Madrid (known in Spanish as ‘Veranillo de San Miguel) I must admit that this month some of my favourite Instagram feeds were giving me major envy with their travels to India. The explosion of colours, fabrics and patterns is difficult to beat.

Caution: seeing these images can make you feel an inevitable force to take the next plane to Delhi.

Hand block printing
As Diana Vreeland said  ‘Pink is the navy blue of India’  @mollymahonblockprinting

 

Molly Mahon at the Jaipur flower market wearind Day Dress
Molly Mahon in the Jaipur flower market wearing a dress by Day Dress (a brand every ‘hand block-printed’ lover needs to know!) Read my conversation with Molly here 

 

' If you've run out of time and the blocks aren't ready, pick up a brush'
‘ If you’ve run out of time and the blocks aren’t ready, pick up a brush’ @mollymahonblockprinting

 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace
The Sujan Rajmahal Palace couldn’t be any more perfect @auntyb_madrid

 

 

The Sujan Rajmahal Palace
Sujan Rajmahal Palace @auntyb_madrid

 

Aunty b Madrid choosing colors in India
Decisions, Decisions… @auntyb_madrid choosing colours

 

India
@auntyb_madrid

 

The Samode Palace
Samode Palace @johnrobshaw

 

Amber Fort
Amber Fort @johnrobshaw

Beaverbrook

On a recent article, The Telegraph was questioning if Beaverbrook was Britain’s coolest new country house hotel. Well, judging by the recent images that have been released,  I think that’s more than a fair question to ask.

Located in Surrey, this impressive property was the former home of press baron, Lord Beaverbrook. The transformation into a luxurious country hotel has been made in different phases: the first one was the Garden House, which opened its doors last autumn. The recently opened House was the second phase and later this year, the Couch House Spa and the Glass House will complete this ambitious project.

The Garden House by Nicola Harding. Beaverbrook hotel
The Garden House

 

A bedroom at The Garden House by Nicola Harding. Beaverbrook hotel
The Garden House’s interiors were designed by Nicola Harding

 

Renowned interior designer  Susie Atkinson was in charge of the Main House interiors. She did an excellent job creating a  glamorous retreat without forgetting the cozy country feel.

The parrot bar designed by Susie Atkinson. Beaverbrook hotel. Surrey

 

The parrot bar. Beaverbrook hotel. Surrey

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

Beaverbrook Hotel. Susie Atkinson design
Guests can also book a table at one of the hotel’s star attraction, the Japanese restaurant headed by Taiji Maruyama of KIRU restaurant in Chelsea

 

Pretty details from Susie Atkinson Instagram account:
The Parrot Bar. Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design
 Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 Beaverbrook hotel. Susie Atkinson design

 

For more information visit http://www.beaverbrook.co.uk