Lorenzo Castillo and fashion model in his Madrid home. Image courtesy ¡Hola! Magazine, Spain.
Interior designer Lorenzo Castillo’s Madrid home frequently appears in fashion magazines all over Europe. In March, Mario Testino’s amazing fashion photographs staged in Castillo designed interiors were the talk of the March issue of British Vogue.
Castillo’s daring mix of patterns, bold colors and alluring geometric rugs provide a rich background for photographing the latest fashions. He has an incredible talent for designing stunning backdrops for high fashionable living.
1. Lorenzo Castillo’s interior for Madrid’s Hotel Santo Mauro is a daring fantasy of red paneled walls trimmed with white with a mix of Baroque, Chinoiserie and Art Deco styles. A large diamond patterned geometric rug in red, brown and white balances the ornate furnishings with its open pattern. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
1B. Mario Testino’s model appears suspended above the red geometric rug in Madrid’s Hotel Santo Mauro. “Luxe Lady” British Vogue photos by Mario Testino courtesy of the habituallychicblog.
1C. Castillo daringly mixes red and white Baroque wall panels, orange and white toile screen, geometric ottoman fabric, Art Deco coffee table and Baroque chandelier. A closer look at the rug reveals double red lines running across the diamond pattern.The double lines add just the right amount of complexity to the diamond pattern. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
1D. Another fashion shot taken in the red room. Luxe Lady” British Vogue photos by Mario Testino courtesy of the habituallychicblog.
2. In a Provence hotel guest room Castillo’s modern French canopy bed is anchored by a green and white geometric rug in a Chinese fretwork pattern. The intricate pattern of the Chinoiserie cabinet contrasts with the large scale motifs on the wall covering. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
3A. Lorenzo Castillo’s 11,000 square-foot duplex is in a building that was a convent in the 17th century. Castillo restored the weathered architectural details and furnished with pieces in a mix of many styles. The blue and white geometric rug in the living room is based on a vintage pattern. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
3B. The model in a geometric patterned lace skirt reclines on a 1940’s sofa in Castillo’s living room. The tapestry on the wall is based on a painting by Rubens. The intricate pattern of the blue and white rug and the upholstered chair are balanced by the simplicity of the white and blue sofa. Mario Testino’s career took off in 1997 when he was chosen by Princess Diana for her Vanity Fair photo shoot. Since then Testino has regularly photographed the British royal family. “Luxe Lady” British Vogue photos by Mario Testino courtesy of the habituallychicblog.
3C. Here the model is seated on a Louis XVI daybed upholstered in a Josef Frank fabric. The screen and the chair upholstered in an Art Deco gold silk damask are not visible in other pictures of this room. Castillo is an antique dealer in addition to being an interior designer and this probably helps in being able to change the “sets” to suit the fashion shoots. “Luxe Lady” British Vogue photos by Mario Testino courtesy of the habituallychicblog.
3D. In this version of his living room, Castillo’s mastery at mixing patterns can be admired once again. The ornate gold and navy trellis patterned screen contrasts pops against the white fireplace and walls. The plaid chair fabric works surprisingly well with the intricately patterned blue and white rug. Image courtesy Casas & Gente Magazine, Spain.
4. For a hotel lounge in Provence, Castillo chose a charcoal grey and white geometric rug in a fretwork pattern to anchor upholstered chairs in a turquoise and white vine pattern. Dark brown walls frame a cream fireplace and a display of blue and white porcelain. The rug’s geometric pattern is repeated on the ceiling. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
5. A dramatic charcoal grey and cream geometric rug with Greek key panels anchors dazzling furnishings in the Salon Chivas in the Santo Mauro hotel. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
6. A grey and white geometric rug in a simplified basket weave pattern anchors Art Deco dining chairs and beige and white fabrics in the Viso hotel dining room. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.
7. An over scale beige and white cane pattern geometric rug anchors Art Deco furniture and contemporary art in the Viso hotel lounge. Image courtesy Lorenzo Castillo.