ROMOLO RESIDENCE | NEW MEXICO
Inspiration: A passionate collector's indigenous art.
Our clients were in search of a solution for their uninspired kitchen island and upper cabinet doors. When they met with our design team, they knew that GLASSplash was the answer.
This Santa Fe couple wanted something unique, and as we toured their home it became clear that their collection of Native American art would be the inspiration. These timeless artifacts were rich in culture and native beauty.
For the kitchen cabinet glass windows, we took our inspiration from a striking Tuareg Tent Hanging (see below). The design team utilized the cabinet's existing glass inlays, and with laser etching technology brought out the fierce nomadic energy of the Southern Saharan Tuareg. Its leather strips and intricate carved designs came to life.
Next, we focused our creativity on the monolithic kitchen island and chose to honor the North American Plains Indians by utilizing the glorious designs from a Parfleche Traveling box. This artifact, also part of the homeowners’ personal collection, is made of rawhide and hand-painted with a geometric design. We reworked the graphic, modified the original colors, and employed digital technology to print directly onto the glass. LED panels were added to backlight the art.
The newly revamped kitchen, crisp and modern, now pays homage to the Indigenous artists who’ve inspired so many and continue to breathe new life through their history and culture. With the new GLASSplash elements in place, the kitchen has become a harmonious and cohesive continuum of a home teeming with indigenous art.