As I was looking at T MAGAZINE presentation of a renovated Vededo neighborhood Havana home I have recalled immediately my recent visits to some of the interiors in our neighborhood and hometown Gargalianoi in search of an office space. There are so many similarities between the Greek neoclassical and Havana mid-twentieth century architecture: high ceilings, spiral staircases, vaulted passages, floor tiles….The major difference is on the surface-THE COLORS!!!Now I just want to go back now to those Grargalianoi homes and give them a major paint job…for the sake of spring!!!
For a long time I have been admiring interiors of Havana homes through the eyes of a wonderful American photographer Michael Eastman and today on this luminous spring day I have finally found a whimsical connection between his work and our region!!! The following photographs belong to his 3 series Havana 1999-2002, Havana 2010 and Havana 2014Guide to interior Cuban style
- Folk Art: Cuba is an island full of makers. This is a culture that has had to learn to recycle, up-cycle — making due with limited resources.
- Cement Tiles: Like the folk art, handmade cement tiles are produced on the island and are as popular as they have been since the early 20th century.
- Colors: Think vivid Pastels: Blue, Saffron, Pink, Green. Think Latin American colors with a twist
- Tropical Plants: I mean, c’mon — you’d think Cuban’s invented the Jungalow look!
- Midcentury and Art Deco: Antiques, ephemera and replicas fill these spaces with enviable charm.