cuban design style

Havana, Cuba. Old Square / La Habana. Sur la Plaza Vieja (Photo ©2013, Guillaume Baviere via Flickr)

Grab the rum and stir up a Cuba Libre: Here’s a toast to warming relations between old Cold War foes. With travel bans lifted, many Americans are hopping the next flight to Havana. But one need not own a passport to enjoy the wave of Cuban design influence washing up against our shores. Opening on March 5th, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will debut Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. Representing the most comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary Cuban art since the 1940s, the landmark exhibit explores Castro’s dream of building a utopian society and the fallout of his dream deferred. Following a run at the MFAH, the exhibit travels to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, exposing a broad audience to this timely cultural conversation.

cuban design style

Old Cuba (Rizzoli New York, 2017)

Also out in March, Old Cuba (Rizzoli New York, 2017) reminds readers that the country, first visited by Columbus in 1492, is home to some of the most ancient cities and towns in the western hemisphere. Photographs of crumbling pastel churches and plantation homes nearly collapsed by the weight of time convey a sense of both decay and dignity.

The design community has channeled the nostalgia for pre-revolutionary Cuba this season with graphic prints, vibrant colors, and the use of natural materials like rattan. The result—seen on fashion runways and interiors showrooms—is a playful island attitude imbued with an old-world charm, the essence of Cuba itself.

We’ve gathered more Cuban design influenced furniture and accessories. Turn up the Roberto Fonseca tunes and browse.

Coco-Mat Takis pillows in linen, from $243, coco-mat.com
Coco-Mat Takis pillows in linen, from $243, coco-mat.com
Jamie Young Co. Whisper chandelier with Natural Beads, $1,900, jamieyoung.com

Jamie Young Co. room with Whisper chandelier with Natural Beads, Harbor coffee table, Harbor side table and other pieces, JamieYoung.com

Palecek Hitch Lounge chair, $2,078, palecek.com

Painting: Raúl Martínez, Rosas y Estrellas (Roses and Stars), 1972, oil on canvas, courtesy of The Farber Collection, New York. © Raúl Martínez. Opening on March 5, 2017 the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will debut Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950

Dana Gibson pillow in Palm Leaf $195, danagibson.com
Dana Gibson pillows in Blue Parrot $155, danagibson.com
Dana Gibson pillow in Parrot Multi $155, danagibson.com
Hyla DeWitt Jewelry Arya Silk Tassel necklace, $220, hyladewitt.com
Lizzie Fortunato Safari clutch in Cuban Hibiscus, $400, tootsies.com
cuban design style
Old Cuba by Alicia E. García (Rizzoli New York, 2017)
From Old Cuba by Alicia E. García (Rizzoli New York, 2017)
From Old Cuba by Alicia E. García (Rizzoli New York, 2017)

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