Our 21st century began it’s first decade with many lifestyles coming and going. That’s what lifestyles do- come and go – thank goodness.
When I started digging about trying to find the roots of the Spanish Revival movement, I’d have to say I was a bit surprised to find them at the beginning of the 20th century. I suppose that’s because the various elements that comprise the Spanish Revival style are so historic and based on longstanding architectural traditions-
So take all of those historic classics and add them to a Spanish Colonial base- for me, that’s a fairly irresistible design mix, in any time frame. And since I’m of the opinion that we just can’t let go of last decade’s lifestyle giant – TUSCAN- it’s nice to see that our Mediterranean love affair is evolving into a resurgence of it’s more sophisticated, classically-oriented cousin- Spanish Revival.
So here’s a pictorial on some of it’s own evolutionary ramblings-
We’ll start at the beginning -
Tuscan meets Spanish Revival-
Ian Schrager’s Grammercy Park has a sort of Bohemian Spanish Revival thing going on-
Which is different from the version by their NYC rival- the Bowery-
And ending back on the West Coast where it all began-with Hollywood’s monument to Spanish Revival Chic- Chateau Marmont-
It’s clear some Spanish Revival never went away.
*thanks to a reader for noting that Gramercy Hotel interiors was a Julian Schnabel creation, not Philippe Starck.