Two years ago we met the first collection of Antiquarian and designer Lorenzo Castillo for the Spanish textile firm par excellence, Gastón and Daniela, which had a brilliant success, when the creator himself, accompanied by Jesús Garabieta, Creative Director of Gastón and Daniela presents his second collection, which we are going to advance that is even more spectacular than the first.
I remember that together with my partner Magenta, we comment on the extraordinary quality and color variety of the new velvets in the collection that now, after two years, are still on the crest of the wave, if you allow me the expression. Well then Lorenzo Castillo Not only has he not disappointed, but has overcome again.
We have been able to enjoy a presentation full of winks to the great decorative times and with universal inspirations ranging from China ("very Lorenzo Castle") to the golden age of Op Art, passing through the Venetian damasks, the point of Hungary or the Japanese that is still a trend in decoration. A comment before starting, prices have been adjusted a lot and it is already possible dress the house of high decoration at popular prices
The Chinoiseries of Lorenzo Castillo
If you don't know Lorenzo Castillo's style, I would tell you to take a walk through his showroom on Almirante Street or any of the spaces decorated by him, like Loewe's boutiques in different cities, the Costume Museum or the halls of Santo Mauro Hotel in Madrid. An elegant and very sophisticated interior design, very ... cult.
Drinking from the sources of historical documents as with Claire, a fabric in a very bright white cotton embroidered with the classic scenes of the chinoiseries, but with a wonderful color that would be perfect to combine with any velvet from the previous collection or with the chevron of this new. Personally I would use this spectacular design to make pillows on a large, plain color sofa, since it is a lightweight upholstery.
Within this section of chinoiseries I would like to download a fabric called Rosa, which I especially liked for reminding me of the screens that were in the elegant salons in the 20s. The passion for Asian lacquers takes Lorenzo to try to emulate them in the fabric and of course he succeeds.
The inspiration of this print returns to drink directly from the sources of the history of decoration and civilizations since it is based on the Coromandel screen, those famous lacquered screens of Chinese origin named for the Indian port from where all kinds of Chinese objects left for Europe. Famous for their representations of the everyday life or landscapes and that they used gold as the main color to paint.
Well, the fabric manages to deceive the eye and maintains the original design and color of this timeless classic of the "Beaux Arts" style of decoration. In the shop of Gastón and Daniela from Velázquez Street You can see an example of a screen upholstered with this beautiful design.
False Plains plus Op Art
If something defines many of the designs of Lorenzo Castillo is playful. The false plains, the geometric motifs, the impossible colors, the deception in sight… everything leads us to a game of optical effects which we can enjoy with the Javier, Inés and Luisa collections. Inspired by two great decorative moments such as the 70s and Art Deco.
Yes, yes, do you think that these two moments have nothing in common? Well watch these Geometric designs They have been created in a strong upholstery fabric to be used on chairs, bedspreads, curtains or sofas.
The color variety It will surprise you, since therein lies its update. In the aesthetic periods that inspired these designs it would be impossible to find shades like these.
La Toile de Jouy according to Lorenzo Castillo
You will say that the entire collection has made me fall in love and it is true. I loved the following textile because it seems very natural. Magenta already told you on another occasion, that the books of the samples of Lorenzo Castillo's collections are hand illustrated by the antique dealer. Well, in this collection it has gone further.
The Blanca collection is a design based on the typical drawings or doodles of great basics of historical furniture Lorenzo uses for his decorations. Simply wonderful, the toile de Jouy of the 21st century, reminiscent of the scenery of another great cartoonist Walt Disney. Do not forget to keep an eye on them because they are going to love you.
More modern velvets
Collections with modern velvet they have nothing to do with those who once dusted in the old mansions. The colors and textures are very different, although it is inspired again by the great classics of the history of textiles, such as the point of Hungary, the Venetian damask etc. We find a historically impossible colorful, but perfect today.
As always the velvet and fake velvet They are of extraordinary quality and dazzling colors that can be combined with each other, between all collections creating a Eclectic and current environment.
East closer than ever
And returning to Lorenzo Castillo's passion for asian cultures, the most elegant stages in the history of decoration and lacquers and porcelains of an incredible whiteness and vibrant colors we find a majestic design or rather as they are inspired by Japan, imperial.
This is the Xana design (although in Asturian it refers to mythological craituras, it has nothing to do with them) It is a textile inspired by two great classics of the Country of the rising sunthe porcelain "blue and white" and the lacquer, in this case together and scrambled on a background treillage or said in Spanish, simulating latticework, which Lorenzo Castillo designed in the studio around the grounds of two Japanese vases from his private collection.
More than a year of work embodied in this excellent collection that Lorenzo Castillo has presented to us with the invaluable help of another "monster" of decoration, Jesus Scribble in an unforgettable breakfast where the jokes and the "good vibes" have prevailed at all times, as can be deduced from the images in which the interior designer and antique dealer has "paraded" with a coat made with the Saint Yago design previous collection for Gastón and Daniela. Once again I apologize for my own photos, which I know some readers are scared of, but I can't help them.
From here, thank Ana Gayarre, Miguel Ángel Guisado, Jesús Garabieta, Lorenzo Castillo and Alfonso Reyero for their invitation and their closeness in presenting the sophisticated Lorenzo Castillo Collection for Gastón and Daniela, high decoration at popular prices.