Diseño means design, the finest in contemporary and artisanal Latin design.
Back in 2001, I decided to spend a week each in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile. I was very intrigued by what I had found. Most North Americans, like myself, have little or no idea about the Americas in the southern hemisphere. At best we have notions of third world countries, jungles, drug warriors, primitive and poor people that we sometimes see and hear about on TV or in films.
While some of this might exist, and to be sure they exist to some degree in the north as well, the richness and diversity of cultures that abound everywhere was a welcoming surprise to me. Ranging from the food and wine to the warm-hearted people, I was astounded by the sophistication and style in each of these countries.
I go back a few times per year now, especially in search of treasures for my shop, but also just to get away and relax in the place I now consider my second home. There is a very natural warmth, richness and texture to life in these countries, a different and vibrant expression of color, and a spirit about life that perhaps has been lost in our ‘more developed’ culture.While I am still connected to my more traditional European roots, I've discovered that life is closer to nature in the south, yet there is no shortage of sophistication and style to the interpretation of art, music, and design.
Throughout my travels in these countries, I have been inspired by the color, texture, warmth and style of Latin design. My hope is that Diseño represents that to you.