Feature Friday: Cuban Style

On this rainy Friday morning, I'm happy to say that Cuba is this Friday's feature. This gloomy day can use some of Cuba's beautiful colors and energy. Cuba is unique in that it is a Caribbean island with many different cultural influences. Cuban architecture and design relies heavily on influences from other cultures and style periods. Spanish and Moorish colonial,  Art Deco, and Neoclassicism are just a few of the architecture styles that can be seen in Cuba. Since I've never been to Cuba, my knowledge is based on only what I have seen and read - if you have any personal experience on Cuban style, I'd love to know!

This photo is a great example of the variety of the architecture styles in Cuba. Look at how the Moorish influenced building in the foreground is so highly contrasted by the blandly (although, I like the colors - very Caribbean) styled and enormous building in the background.

These chairs make me happy.

I am pretty sure that the wear of the wall finish in the photos above are not done with style purpose but I love it; I would definitely want that green wall in my room. While these rooms are quite bare, they have so much character and natural style. Can't you just see these rooms in an Anthropologie catalogue?

How beautiful are the rococo mouldings in these dining room and bedroom? These delicate and wealth associated details certainly have a change of attitude when weathered down and kept neutral.

Again, I love that green wall and the spiraling staircase with such intricate mouldings that are a bit tattered. The distressing of the walls and furniture creates warmth and entices curiosities of the history of the buildings and all who lived or visited there.

Cuba is very interesting to me... probably because Americans aren't exactly welcome there. I would love to go there and see the architecture firsthand and maybe even soak in a bit of that Latin flavor with a dance or two. Anyone want to be my Spanish speaking tour guide?

All images by Havana Style, Ed Angelika Taschen Photos; Gianni Basso/Vega Mg