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This Hispanic Heritage Month, the spotlight is on Latinx creatives who are incorporating the sights and sounds of Latin America into their home decor and design elements. From textile designers to visual artists, these creatives serve up bright colors, pattern contrasts, and shapely silhouettes that are sure to add character and depth to any space. Read on to discover your five new favorite home decor sources.
Torōs Los Angeles
Los Angeles-based Alfonso “Fonz” Vega's Mexican heritage plays a key role in his home decor design for Torōs Los Angeles, known for its signature artisanal textile patterns. The Torōs brand offers accent pillows that bring in hints of the skulls from the Day of the Dead and the colorful paper banners that are a nod to the designer's native Mexico. Vega’s items represent his definition of Latinx identity, which encapsulates his American upbringing, queer identity, and Mexican roots. His line originated with an exploration of the things that made him "'too Mexican,'" says the designer.
"My prints, color choices, and statements all began to originate from these issues of being of Mexican descent in the United States and of immigrant parents.” Although Vega is predominantly based in East Los Angeles, he spends a lot of time in Berlin with his fiancé. The German city's punk scene will make an appearance in his forthcoming additions to the line.
Teresa Madrigal and Eve Ayala offer natural soy candles and earthenware in their online shop, Shop Restyled. The Bay Area sisters personally mold and design these pieces for home, office, and commercial spaces. Working with an eco-friendly medium that is protective of the environment helps their family-run business thrive in its ethos of sustainability in everything they do. This environmentalist mindset originated with their grandmother in Mexico. “She has always worked with Gesso and Arcilla, which are both a type of clay and plaster to make our plates and our cooking pans," says Ayala. "My uncles (her sons) taught themselves how to work with cement to build whatever we needed (i.e., a roof, a house, benches, tables, chairs, etc).” Bottom line: Creating everything by hand is a family tradition. In the online space, they up the ante with 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging.
Shop now at Shop Restyled.
Luz Donahue is an abstract painter, who creates large-scale commissioned artwork. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, she moved to the U.S. at the age of ten and considers her Santa Cruz, California, studio home base. Her most recent collection captures both the spiritual and physical environment. Her paintings are whimsical and colorful, adding a touch of levity to any space. When asked how she consistently delivers such unique pieces, she said she responds to each layer of paint uniquely. “This is a way that I record the recursive nature of my own experience. Whether the moment is full of play, grief, or confusion doesn't really matter because the whole of it---once complete--- can still find balance.”
Art by Anna Alvarado is one of Etsy’s most beloved Latinx-focused storefronts. Alvarado fell in love with art as a child and continuously found ways to express herself. In 2007, the visual artist sold her first poster and has since continued to share her life story through bold imagery. Her prints show women at peace, in love, and standing in their power. People are buying her art not just to decorate their space, but also to soak in the positive energy that her figures exude. “My art explores being a LatinX woman in the US. Representation is huge for me, which is why I take pride in knowing that the imagery and colors that flow out of me are reflections of my life story and representation of the beautiful souls of my LatinX community. My hope is that through my art, I will inspire others to boldly spread the love and magic with their own colorful stories,” Alvarado offered. While she has nature prints of cactus and birds, Art by Anna Alvarado customers most fave about her visually striking female subjects.
Casa Brixe shares Mexican art and culture in an ethical way. “Mexico has so much beauty to offer and I have always wanted to share this rich and diverse culture with the rest of the world," explains co-owner Francesca Felix. "Typically when people think of 'Mexican textiles' some people may think of loud colors and busy patterns, but they may not be familiar with the more minimal elevated textiles in earthier muted tones." Felix an her husband and cofounder wanted to change that.
"My husband and I wanted to focus on working directly with artisans and socially responsible collectives to bring the rest of the world high-quality, small-batch Mexican textiles made using time-honored techniques,” she explains. After traveling to Oaxaca, Felix found a talented hard-working collective of women who make beautiful rugs by hand, using local resources and materials. “When it comes to home decor, I always like to encourage people to get the real thing, not an imitation made in another country. Not to mention, handmade artisanal products have so much character to them and can really add intrigue to your decor. They are always a great conversation piece.
Shop now at Casa Brixe.
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