Lorenzo Castillo widely considered Europe’s “It” interior designer, was asked by a client to modernize a palace in Seville while staying faithful to it’s history. The palace was built during Spain’s golden age, the 16th century, when the nation ruled the trade routes to the New World. Today’s post will show how Castillo used beautiful fabrics, antique furniture and classsic decorative rugs to create interiors that combine 21st century comfort with sophisticated historical touches.
During the 16th century Spain and Portugal explored the seas, opened trade routes across the globe and set the stage for the rise of the West. In 1503 Queen Isabella I of Castile granted Seville the exclusive privilege for trading with the Americas. Consulates from European governments opened, and merchants from across the continent came to settle in Seville. The city also became famous for the manufacture of soaps, silk and ceramics for export to Europe. Seville’s multicultural atmosphere contributed to the flowering of the arts, architecture, painting, sculpture and literature which brought about Spains Golden Age (El Siglo de Oro).
18th-century polychrome blue and yellow tiles original to the palace line the staircase.
Castillo told Veranda, “Not only did the pre-existing architecture influence my design, but also the very important history of the city of Seville. I try to be very conservative with the tradition and powerful style of a city in my designs by bringing them to the comfortable XXI century.”
The master bedroom has a red canopy bed, red lacquer coffee table and gold Venetian chair all anchored by a pin dot pattern red rug.
Rustic ceiling beams, red walls and white door create a contrast with the lacquered Jansen secretaire, golden Venetian chairs and gilded Castillo wall sconces while the red rug adds a comfortable texture.
In the master bath, brass trim and geometric borders contrast against red Alicante marble floors.
The black and white geometric pattterned marble floor and wood ceiling are traditional Spanish.
The black white geometric marble floor continues to the bathroom with Castillo designed basins, sconces and gold and grey Greek key fabric on stools.
The stripes of the blue and white rug run at right angles to the sofa’s stripes. Castillo heightened interest by combining multiple patterns and textures on the sofa, ottoman and upholstered chair. The 1960’s Spanish coffee table and the gold and black 19th century Swedish screen add contrast and warmth.
Dark blue accents pop against the white walls and a mix of blue and white patterned fabrics add energy. 17th century octagonal Spanish mirrors balance the leather screen and framed art.
The combination of a Greek-key velvet with floral fabrics on the upholstered table (called a “meridiene”) adds interest. The simplicity of the striped rug brings out the upholstery. The rustic cabinet from northern Spain and the collection of blue and white Chinese ceramics moves the eye upwards to the traditional patterned wood ceiling.
Yellow velvet wallcovering adds warmth to the blue fabrics and blue striped rug in a guest bedroom. 19th century Spanish armchairs adds a sense of history.
Yellow and blue striped rug, red silk covered Jansen chairs, gold accents and a Napoleón III 19th-century chandelier make the dinning room a Castillo favorite.