Week of July 15th, 2019 – Cultural Inspirations

Last week, we looked at amazing American design inspirations, but many designs are pulled from cultures around the world. The fusion of these elements is a testament to the mixing pot of the U.S. and our daring design community.

This week, we pulled five projects and articles focused on design elements from around the world.

1. China

At the St. Regis Hotel in Hong Kong Western and Eastern Design Influences Deftly Intermix, Metropolis

Designer André Fu creates an opulent blend of cozy and classy. He walks a line between honoring guests’ expectations for an authentic Hong Kong look matched to the style of St. Regis’ flagship New York location. The folding screen-inspired bar mural and bamboo landscaped terrace are updated cultural touches.

2. United Kingdom – English Country House

Explore This Charming Historic Home in the English Countryside, Elle Decor

Second generation designer, Rita Konig (check out her cool Instagram @ritakonig), transformed her country home in her husband’s family for generations – taking care to preserve the authenticity of the historic home. Known for color, she added eclectic elements locally and abroad to make it comfy and didn’t forget a place for their Wellies! Grab your own English design inspiration from this joyfully renovated project.

3. Italy

The late architect Bruno Sacchi’s medieval tower in Florence, House and Garden

Frescoes, white travertine, antique terra cotta, and stucco are in ancient Italian architecture. When Sacchi and his wife restored their 12th century Florence watchtower they preserved existing glorious elements and added black slate probably sourced from Northwestern Italy along with contemporary elements. It was recently refreshed by his wife and children bringing it back to its former glory.  She tells their story.

4. Spain

A Spanish Revival Bathroom in LA, Homepolish

Spanish influences are popular in Southwestern architecture. In a LA producer’s Spanish Revival hacienda, designer Katherine Carter simulated its traditional design while updating and adding a luxury experience for the owner. Dark-stained wood paired with clean white walls, custom patterned floor tiles and rustic shower fixtures. This bathroom doesn’t skimp on comfort while conforming to its origins.

5. France

Adding Architectural Interest: A Gallery of Interior French Door Styles & Ideas, Apartment Therapy

French doors, provincial country homes, and even Gothic architecture can all be traced back to French roots. While windowed doors date back to the 17th century, a ton of new, contemporary styles have cropped up. Check out how French doors can be used to transition between interior and exterior spaces. Check out the Apartment Therapy article and for your garage http://frenchporte.com/


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