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Next Wave Modernism: Casa Fayette in Mexico

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Next Wave Modernism: Casa Fayette in Mexico

March 18, 2016


If Gio Ponti and Luis Barragán had met and collaborated on a project, the result would look something like Casa Fayette, a new design hotel in Colonia Lafayette, the historic/arts district of Guadalajara, Mexico. The masterminds are Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha, whose firm, Grupo Habita, is responsible for some of Mexico’s most stylish hotels (Condesa DF in Mexico City and Maison Couturier in Veracruz, to name a couple). The two worked with architecture firm Estudio 5, who consulted on the structural renovations of the 1940s mansion, and with Milanese designers Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio, who orchestrated the interiors.

Salic and Moran aimed to create a space that “interprets memories and creates dreams,” using refurbished vintage furniture, 20th-century design classics, and unexpected color palettes. Dimore Studio’s intention of “crossing over boundaries momentarily in vogue; creating interiors evocative of far-off and distant times,” is found in the distinct intersection of Mexican and Italian design. It’s a combination we’ve been waiting for.

Photography by Adam Wiseman for Dimore Studio.

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Above: Vintage wire chairs and a bar cart by the pool house extension from Estudio 5.

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Above: A new take on Barragán’s pink—this time in peach—in the foyer with a collection of potted fan palms.

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Above: An assemblage of modern collage and antiques.

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Above: Each room is a melange of furniture, some sourced from within Dimore Studio’s gallery, created with design houses such as Pierre Frey and Thonet, or made bespoke for Casa Fayette.

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Above: A row of Stilnovo Round Wall Lamps, originally from the cinema room of the 1960s Casinò de Saint Vincent in France; the lamps are available through Dimore Gallery. The table, Tavolo 063, is one of Dimore’s own designs.

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Above: Dimore Studio’s own Poltroncina 068, a small club chair with fringe, is reupholstered in a Pierre Frey Mauritius linen fabric.

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Above: A bathroom in the hotel restaurant is decorated with Art Deco lighting and stainless wash basins.

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Above: Polished concrete floors, bespoke glass paneling, and a custom headboard with an inset brass shelf above the bed in one of the 37 guest rooms.

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Above: Art Deco glass walls separate marble bathrooms from the bedroom.

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Above: Color-saturated hallways have bespoke lighting and pale pink carpet.

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Above: A decidedly retro scene in the outdoor patio, complete with a vintage TV.

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Above: A vintage floor-to-ceiling light in a quiet corner of the hotel.

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Above: The exterior is lit with Dimore Studio’s Applique 079 lights.

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