Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

In Conversation: Carlos Garcia

In today’s conversation I’m discovering a bit more about Carlos Garcia, a talented Spanish interior decorator based in London and Norfolk.

Dear Carlos, I absolutely adore your interiors. What are your biggest sources of inspiration?

Eastern cultures with their vibrant colours and profusion of patterns, and English country houses; not necessarily the grandest, but those unsung heroes that still survive seemingly untouched by interior designers, those houses in which “generational layering” conforms the backbone of its decoration.

 

What is the latest home accessory you have bought?

A set of three 17th century Delftware vases and a 19th century Djizak suzani.

 

Favourite London store?

The new Robert Kime showroom in Ebury Street. It’s exquisitely packed with beautiful antiques and the most wonderful selection of fabrics. I adore using Robert Kime fabrics, they provide that lived in look so intrinsically associated to English country house living.

Robert Kime’s new London showroom. Source: Robert Kime

 

You’ve been working as an interior designer for more than 10 years. What’s the best advice you could give to someone who’s trying to start their career in the interior design field?

It’s important to choose the right “practice based” academic formation as well as gaining ‘hands on’ knowledge and building a reliable network of suppliers and trusted craftsmen.

 

Favourite Spanish interior.

So many to choose from! When visiting the family in Madrid, I often go to the Palacio Cerralbo, the rather unknown 19th century residence of the Marques de Cerralbo, keen collector and archeologist. The interiors are eclectic, lush, full of antiques, art, exquisite fabrics, a gloriously grand ballroom and a fascinating Arabic Room which reflects the influence of Eastern cultures in the West during the 19th century.

The Arabic Room. Museo Cerralbo. Source: Unknown

 

I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while and I love all the “every day” peeks into your beautiful homes. What do you like the most about this Social Media platform?

IG is a fascinating world. It offers designers an opportunity to showcase their work and style to a large audience. It’s also a way to connect with craftsmen, artists and like-minded designers.  I try very hard to keep it personal; I’m terribly grateful to those who take some of their valuable time to make comments on my pictures and try to answer those comments as much as I can. Incidentally, I have been on IG for a few years now and have made very good friends too!

 

A colour you would never be tired of.

Mustard yellow and that very stunning shade of green on the “Green Velvet Bedchamber” at Houghton Hall -‘Houghton green’, as I call it.

The Green Bedchamber at Houghton Hall. Source-Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House (David Cholmondeley and Andrew Moore, Derry Moore photography).

 

Thank you so much, Carlos!

For more information visit: http://www.carlosgarciainteriors.com

Images: Carlos García Interiors unless otherwise specifically stated.

Cindy Sherman’s Hamptons Home

Cindy Sherman Hamptons home defines the photographer to perfection: playful, artsy and chic with a dash of eccentricity.

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

With the help of designer Billy Cotton and the advice of architect Annabelle Selldorf the artist mixed styles through the 19-th century farmhouse with a creative result that is also cosy and functional.

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

And yes, you can put an Isamu Noguchi lamp next to Pakistani fabrics and an antique french campaign bed and it all can look perfect together.

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Cindy Sherman's Hamptons Home - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

 

Images: AD – November 2013 . Photography: Jason Schmidt

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

When I was invited to discover Laboratorio Paravicini tableware alongside its founder Constanza Paravicini at Pia Rubio store in Madrid, I got really excited. I’ve discovered this Italian brand through Instagram and I’ve been obsessed with everything they make since then. Meeting Constanza and her creations couldn’t happen on a better place. Pia Rubio is one of the most tasteful stores I’ve ever seen. I knew it was going to be a great morning, and my expectations were met.

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Pia and her wonderful team welcomed us with a great breakfast, most of the cakes were made by Un bizcocho para Teo, and everything was just divine (from presentation to taste)

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Meeting Constanza Paravicini and being able to talk with her about all the beautiful products they do was a truly an honor.

Pia Rubio and Constanza Paravicini

 

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Laboratorio Paravicini’s journey started 20 years ago when Constanza wanted to create plates that could bring back to the everyday tables the atmosphere and warmth that was lost to the industrial porcelain production. She works in her workshop in Milan alongside with her daughters and 4 artisans.

The team is small and Constanza tells me her desire is to keep it that way. Laboratorio Paravicini produces its own thin, White ceramic biscuit, on which they hand paint or apply screen or digitally printed designs. The final glazing is then applied over the decorations by high fire, and the result is a ceramic plate suitable for everyday use, indelible, non-toxic and dishwasher safe. In some cases, the decoration is obtained by pressing a dry samp onto the biscuit when it is stil soft. The subsequent glazing will fill the excavated profile creating delicate chiaroscuro effects. Every finished plate is a small work of art.

Laboratorio Paravicini at Pia Rubio

Thank you Pia Rubio team, and also thank you Pepa Yuste (@myvintagecorner) for inviting me to this wonderful morning.

Below I’m sharing some other beautiful products that you can find at Pia Rubio (and on the website too!

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

Pia Rubio Madrid Store

For more information visit:

http://www.piarubio.es

http://www.paravicini.it/en/

Images: Gloria González