ANTONIO CABRERA HOME COLLECTION: Blog https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog en-us (C) ANTONIO CABRERA HOME COLLECTION (ANTONIO CABRERA HOME COLLECTION) Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:19:00 GMT Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:19:00 GMT https://www.antoniocabrera.com/img/s/v-5/u76417751-o201066286-50.jpg ANTONIO CABRERA HOME COLLECTION: Blog https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog 92 120 "ART AND DECOR By ANTONIO CABRERA - INTERVIEW With THE VISUAL ARTIST ISRAEL GUEVARA" https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog/2016/1/-art-and-decor-by-antonio-cabrera---interview-with-the-visual-artist-israel-guevara            THE PERFECT AND FASCINATING WORLD OF ISRAEL GUEVARA ...

To speak about a visual artist is to bring to my column a broader image of art through the years that has filled the history with joy, represented by big names in each period and different artistic movements. In this instance I want to introduce an artist that represents a new generation to reinterpret the use of color and shapes in their work.

Israel Guevara is an artist of Venezuelan origin resident in the city of Miami for many years with a career as great as his work and dedication.  He began his career at the University of Architecture in the Central University of Caracas and later become a self-taught plastic artist full time whose works, although mostly on canvas, cover a variety of media.

Knowing his work is to stay fascinated with the perfection of its lines and the use of colors in a proportional manner and harmony, as I’ve never before seen. Israel Guevara is predominantly famous and admired for his unique exploration of color through the use of bright colors and defined and overlapping lines, which speaks volumes of his versatility. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ISRAEL GUEVARA

Private Collection:

" Dear DD "  

2011 - ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Dimensions : 72"x 72"x 1.5"

 

BIRD CHAIR & OTTOMAN

By HARRY BERTOIA 1952

ISRAEL GUEVARA - INTERVENTION

2015 - ACRYLIC ON FABRIC


 

His sophisticated yet playful presentation allows viewers to experience a constant interaction with his creations, an interaction that results in ever-changing colors, shapes, dimensions and even images. His paintings are not representational art, and are characterized by geometry, sample color drawings and compositions of open character, as is representative of the global movement “MADI” born in 1946, that focuses on geometric shapes that spill outside the traditional frame and articulated and mobile structures. The MADI artists refuse to make the representative object, but rather focus on the object and the same colors. One need not look for meaning behind the art, but rather enjoy each piece itself.

Today there are MADI artists in many countries, especially in France, Italy, and Hungary. All have strong MADI Organizations, with whole communities of practicing artists. There are also MADI artists in Argentina, Japan, Spain, and the United States. Several major MADI artists were born in Uruguay, and in this case we make the presentation of the artist with Venezuelan origin.

With a broad curriculum of various works, Israel has been invited to showcase his talent in places as prestigious as the Boca Museum of Art, the Frost Museum of Art, Ninoska Huerta Gallery / Biscayne Art House and the Geometric and MADI Museum in Dallas, Texas. In addition, his work has been featured in several publications such as The Miami Herald and Florida Design: Miami Home and Decoration, as well as by the network of high design. 

Among his recent presentations include the delivery of his work “TOTEM # 5” as an honored recognition to the Mayor of the City of Doral Luigi Boria and his wife Mrs. Graciela Boria  in a private event that took place in the city of Doral Florida.       At this same event he also honored me with his custom masterpiece “ FREE FLOW ”, Acrylic/Canvas 2015  in recognition for my work in The White House.

Thank you very much to my great collaborators, 

Professional Photographer Brett Hufziger  :    www.BRETTHUFZIGER.com

      Israel  Guevara  Studio - Miami Florida  :   www.ISRAELGUEVARA.com

 

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Photo Styling by ANTONIO CABRERA, LLC -  Miami - Florida

 

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"ART AND DECOR By ANTONIO CABRERA - INTERVIEW With CRISTINA SOUZA AND MONICA SOUZA" https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog/2015/10/-art-and-decor-by-antonio-cabrera---interview-with-cristina-souza-and-monica-souza  THE BEAUTIFUL STORY OF A DREAM COMES TRUE ...

Avant Design Group is a result of Cristina’s childhood dreams.   As a child, she demonstrated lots of passion for art and design. She was always determined and always dreamed of having an International Interior Design firm.  Her natural instincts and determination encouraged her to pursue an education on the field, and while still in school she started to work for a prestigious interior design firm in Miami, where was the beginning of her career as an Interior Designer.

From that point, Monica, her sister who is a brilliant business woman joined forces with Cristina, creating a powerful sister duo.

Today, their primary inspiration is to bring life to an ambiance. Always satisfying the client’s needs and wants.

What is  one future project that you're particularly excited about?  We are very excited with the launch of our new showroom, MC Décor.

MC Décor was created with the objective to be a designer’s destination point of high-end home accessories. Our goal is to extend our business to better serve the A&D community so that the perfect job can be accomplished.

What advice would you give to young designers who are just starting out in the industry?

 

Our advice is very simple, we usually say: You create what you focus on!     Stay tuned with new trends in designs and technologies. And don’t forget that networking is the key to get your name out there.

Can you tell us about the shop and how does the interior reflect your brand?

As a Designer we always felt that Miami needed a destination point of luxury plumbing.   

We created Waterbox with the objective to provide the professionals a showroom with complete vignettes of the most unique and refined products in the bath industry, offering specialized services to be an extension of the professionals’ offices.   The interior was designed to mirror each brand that we represent, making our customers feel that they are walking in to a spa, “a luxury atmosphere” and not just a regular bathroom supply store. Each vignette represents the image of its brands.    Waterbox is currently one of the most beautiful plumbing showrooms in North America. 

I want to finish by thanking  these two Americans - Brazilians designers. Both are an example of constancy  and perseverance to any generation that focuses on achieving their childhood dreams in a professional experience, creating a prestigious company with international recognition. 

Instagram :  @AntonioCabreraUSA     Twitter : @CabreraUSA

Thank you very much to my wonderful collaborators:

Professional Photographer BRETT HUFZIGER

www.BRETTHUFZIGER.COM

Avant Design Group Studio www.AVANTDESIGN-GROUP.COM

D VRO ACCESORIOS ATELIER

 

 

 

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"ART AND DECOR By ANTONIO CABRERA - INTERVIEW With DAVID MIRANDA and DIANA URIBE" https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog/2015/9/-art-and-decor-by-antonio-cabrera---interview-with-david-miranda-and-diana-uribe  

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Two excellent designers come together to create a prestigious international company:  DIDA HOME, LLC.

David Miranda and Diana Uribe, each with enormous talent strengthened professionally by formal studies of both Architecture and Design, see design and decoration as genuine way for the expression of art. Their projects are known around the world. Here you share one of my best interviews related to this wonderful world of Interior Designers:

You are both great examples of the new professional generation that has led to recognition as great interior designers.  How was the initial idea for this successful company born?  It was born at a Starbucks late at night when Diana and I had our first meeting, since we both had 9am to 5pm jobs and could meet only after work hours. We were contacted to design the first unit of a new concept boutique hotel; each unit would include 3 rooms, indoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen, terraces, formal dining, outdoor dining and living rooms.  After we designed and executed the first unit our hotelier client loved our work and decided to hire us for the next 7 units. This was our first project and how we created DIDA Home.

Where do you go to get inspiration?  Most of the times we get inspiration from traveling, meeting people from different nationalities and cultures with interesting personalities; also an important part of our inspiration and research is nature -- its origins and materiality. It is so important for us to have a very close relationship with our clients since their home should talk about them, their personalities and the way they live their lives, we are just the intermediary between them and their home. 

 

What are some design challenges you’re having fun working out? It’s so fun to work with strong personalities, we love when clients are decisive and know what they want, it makes the process smoother and the overall outcome is always the best!

Can you share with us some of the projects that are adding dimension and depth to your repertoire?  We have been lucky to have clients from all over the world from London to South America from different cultures and backgrounds and most importantly different perceptions and design aesthetic which has given us an amazing portfolio with projects from contemporary to traditional to industrial and crafty.

How does your design process work?  Usually we meet up with clients, get to know them and their needs, the way they live their lives and their style. After we research on the location, weather, architecture of the residence, finishes, etc.,  then we put together a proposal merging style and functionality.

 

What is the key to be a successful Interior Designer?    Love what you do.            

What advice would you give to young designers who are just starting out in the industry? A lot of people think interior design is basically good taste, but there is a lot of research involved in it -- new techniques.  Always follow trends but not trends in styles or brands, mostly trends in materiality since the trends in interior design follow materials and techniques -- the more extensive the research is, the better the final product; function will follow and your client will be happy

I want to finish this edition thanking these two great designers, David and Diana, both Hispanic and founders of the firm DIDA HOME LLC.  It has been an honor to share with you and offer our fans this amazing interview that involves art and design.  Thank you very much for this beautiful experience.

Instagram : @AntonioCabreraUSA              Twitter : @CabreraUSA

Thank you very much to my great collaborators, 

Professional Photographer Brett Hufziger  :    www.BRETTHUFZIGER.com

Luis Morales owner  Kom Furniture            :     www.KOMFURNITURE.com

Flowers and Photo Styling by ANTONIO CABRERA,LLC

www.ANTONIOCABRERA.com

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"ART AND DECOR By ANTONIO CABRERA - INTERVIEW with STEVEN LA FONTE" https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog/2015/7/-art-and-decor-by-antonio-cabrera---interview-with-steven-la-fonte

Steven La Fonte, is founder-director of the firm Design Elements, Inc. and considered an authority in home fashion. As an excellent professional interior designer with a worldwide career he has earned the respect of many architects, clients and colleagues from the same industry.
hrough our interview Steven opens the doors to their knowledge and ideas to achieve the dream of many new talents...


What is the key to being a successful designer ?
Being a good communicator is important, but even more important is being a good listener.  Know your clients, their lifestyle, their needs and what makes them comfortable.   Then, have an active imagination, create, innovate, discover.  Let your creativity take over and don't edit too soon.  Think big, and later, allow yourself to bring it all back to solid ground, where your imagination meets your clients' vision and budget.
Where do you go to get inspiration?

I'm drawn to Nature.  Colors, smells, sounds and textures -- all of it gives me a fresh perspective.  Even when clients don't think that certain color combinations go together, Nature has a tendency to prove them wrong, and I love to show them how it all does match and blend.  Inspiration also comes from my daily surroundings -- people, fashion, music, art, even advertising.  And the most exhilarating moment of inspiration is when it comes from a piece of textile that suddenly becomes the basis for an entire room.

Can you share with us some of the projects that are adding dimension and depth to your repertoire?
I recently completed the Latin America headquarters for Young & Rubicam, Wunderman Advertising and Bravo Group on Brickell Key in Miami. This was an exciting project because I designed public areas and conference rooms, as well as the lounges for the creative teams, which need to be comfortable, relaxing, and yet, stimulating.  
I am in the process of designing a 3/3 home at the new One Hotels and Homes in Miami Beach.  Designing on a blank canvas is always a great opportunity to just let your imagination fly, and that's where I'm finding myself mixing and matching styles and textures. This residence will have an organic feel using exotic woods and driftwood, linen textiles, leather and natural grasscloth wall coverings, combined with splashes of glamour.  It's actually a lot of fun to see it all come together.  And what makes this project especially interesting is making presentations, communicating and updating my Parisian client via Skype.  Thanks to this project, I've brought technology into the equation.  

Another exciting project at The Murano Portofino, in the South of Fifth area in South Beach. It is a vacation condo characterized by simple lines, purity of materials and textures and shapes.  In a way, it brings out the practical and the sexy -- all in one space.
What is your most recent big project?
I just finished a 20,000 sq. ft. turnkey spec home in Bridgehampton, New York that I designed for an investor, my eighth project in The Hamptons.  I'm keeping the classical style and architecture of the house, and combining it with clean lines and neutral colors with splashes of aquatic blues and shades of orange for a more modern transitional look.  The project was completed two months ago, just in time for the rental season in Long Island.

How does your design process work?
After the initial meeting, I like to create a roadmap of the project based on clients' lifestyles and personalities. I ask clients to provide me with visuals of color schemes and styles that they feel particularly attracted to.  This is what I call a "look book."  Every client has something relevant to express regarding their style, so it is very important to listen carefully.  Based on the client's needs the design should express an artistic quality that merits lasting recognition. It must lead and never follow trends. 

What are some design trends that you're seeing right now?
First, the color blue is still relevant.  From watery azure to deep and vibrant indigo, blues are welcome additions to color palettes.
Second, natural materials and textures are also part of today's designs, and I believe they will be for years to come.  Inspired by the natural world, many of today's interiors include tables crafted from one solid piece of exotic wood, or stunning slices of semi precious stones on lighting fixtures, or wall treatments in natural materials.  People want to bring the outdoors indoors, more and more. Last but not least is the blend of metallic finishes.  I'm not afraid to have bronze in a room with nickel. Metallic finishes continue to provide a sophisticated sense of drama and elegance to any environment.
What advise would you give to young designers who are just starting out in the industry?
To be articulate, genuine and approachable.  Make clients feel comfortable around you; make them feel they are part of the process and the vision.   Create interiors that combine beauty, comfort and livability, and use quality labor and craftsmanship.  Nothing replaces custom-made furniture, accessories and fixtures -- and don't be afraid of the cost.  Surprisingly, many times the cost of custom-made elements is similar to showroom prices.  And of course, stay current in an ever changing world.

Proudly I want to finish this edition deeply grateful to Steven La Fonte.  Our conversation has been an experience full of many emotions. I recognize his work for many years and writing about it revives a series of professional memories that have certainly been unforgettable.

Thank you very much to my great collaborators,

Professional Photographer Brett Hufziger :    www.BRETTHUFZIGER.com
Luis Morales Owner Kom Furniture            :    www.KOMFURNITUREMIAMI.com


Luis Morales Valerio - Designer Steven La Fonte - Guillermo Feliz
Photo By BRETT HUFZIGER -  Flowers and Styling  By ANTONIO CABRERA
KOM SHOWROOM 

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"ART AND DECOR By ANTONIO CABRERA - MY EXPERIENCE IN THE WHITE HOUSE" https://www.antoniocabrera.com/blog/2015/7/-my-experience-in-the-white-house---antonio-cabrera “Working in The White House has been an unforgettable experience. To represent the Hispanic community professionally has been a pride and honor for all of us…”

As a professional interior designer, I write and share my experiences in Art & Decor at a global level. I have been to many cities—each reflecting a unique image of architecture and urbanism — and it is beautiful to acquaint oneself to perfectly universal spaces, designed with the grandeur of human scale.

I would like to dedicate this edition to the experience of working inside an iconic landmark, The White House. Besides being the official residence of the President of the U.S., it is a museum that exhibits part of the history of this great country. There you can appreciate multiple collections of art, including pieces related to the history of the building and the Presidents that have lived in it.
First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA - ANTONIO CABRERA Private Event THE WHITE HOUSE Washington D.C.

In the East Room

The White House has several levels and areas, each one with its own theme and design, marked by a variety of works by American and European artists and artisans. My work took place within the largest one: the East Room, host of many significant events and location of what is considered the important piece, the portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart.

The rectangular East Room is well-defined by the magnitude of 4 large windows and 4 marble chimneys that are lighted by chandeliers from artist Pierre-Philippe C. (1817)

Working at The White House has been the best experience of my professional career and has had a great impact on my personal life. I am very appreciative towards the First Lady, Michelle Obama, for generously extending her welcome and support.

In art and design in the U.S., The White House represents the integration of all types of art (bought or donated) for the enjoyment of the First Families and their guests. The White House is open to the public so that they may learn about its evolving history and rich collection of art.

 

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