So, I'm back on the blog-wagon! My little break started with a work trip down to Mexico to check out the new Banyan Tree Mayakoba and continued when I had to spend all of my subsequent free time assuring people that I did NOT have swine flu. Anywho, I'm going to spend the next few days sharing some cool stuff from that trip so that we're all up to date before I head to China. Woo!
Banyan Tree is an Asian hotel chain, and I was surprised by how seamlessly they fused Mexican and Thai elements in their design. There is a surprising amount of common ground between the two styles, which is most evident in the use of pattern. For example, this lamp to me screamed northern Thailand, but the pattern was apparently pulled from tiles founds on the fronts of traditional Yucatan houses. For more pictures of my room, click here.
This taco stand in Playa del Carmen also played with Asian and Mexican patterns. The floor tiles feel vaguely Suzani, the vintage diner chairs were upholstered in fabric straight out of Pearl River Mart, but the food was all Mexican. Holy carnitas batman! These chairs are neither Mexican nor Asian (they're knock-off Starck upholstered in Missoni), but I just have to include because, well, wow. They sit inside the otherwise lame Mosquito Blue restaurant in Playa del Carmen.
This just reminds me of how much I'm warming to the trend of classic pieces (Starck ghost chairs, Eames loungers) reupholstered in modern fabrics. Gossip Girl has been hot on that since last season.