As designers, we are often inspired by the cities and countries we visit. Whether it is the bright azure blue of the Mediterranean, the exotic fabrics found in Morocco, or the opulent nature of Venice, we bring such experiences home and draw on their colors and textures when creating memorable spaces.
Recently our own Bebe Mengistu traveled to Argentina and its famed capital city Buenos Aires. Here she got to experience firsthand the country’s rich history and culture. Bebe, always one to try new foods, sampled some of Argentina’s staples, like drinking mate, the national drink of Argentina, and eating Dulce de Leche, Argentina’s answer to Nutella.
One of the interesting things about Buenos Aires is their architecture. It is often refererred to as the “Paris of South America,” having been influenced by European cities such as Barcelona, Paris and Madrid. We love that Buenos Aires has such an electric mix of style. In its many neighborhoods you’ll find buildings with Colonial, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic and French Bourbon roots.
Caminito, which means “little walkway” or “little path” in Spanish, is located in the neighborhood La Boca. This colorful street inspired local artists like Benito Quinquela Martín and music for the famous tango “Caminito”.
And what would a trip to Buenos Aires be without a little Carnival?