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Now open at our new retail location!

Hey all,

We are excited to announce that we are now open at our new retail location at 460B Harrison Avenue in the heart of SOWA, Boston's Art and Design District.  Follow up on facebook or add your email and we will keep you posted on new stock from recent travels, store hours and special announcements about events and sales. 

I'm just recently back from shopping trip to Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and other more remote locations.  I had a total blast, ordered some amazing products and ate and drank at some fantastic restaurants!  We have new hide and leather as well as shearling carpets, throws and pillows as well as really beautiful and colorful vintage hand-loomed textiles, some magnificent 'alpaca' silver accessories such as trays, candlesticks, ice buckets, boxes, frames, platters and bowls.  I visited many of my favorite artists and artisans, and brought back some really great paintings too.  All in the style and quality that you know us for. 

 

Meantime, feast your eyes on this lovely image from Lima, Peru and the Parque de Agua, a lovely park with 10 or so gigantic fountains set to music.  A must see when in Lima! 

Hasta luego!

Retail site closed as of Dec. 31. Off to South America!

We have closed our retail store at Harrison Avenue as of Dec. 31.  We will reopen at a new and exciting location soon.  Add your email to our mailing list for further updates.  Meanwhile, we are off to Argentina, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil in search of home decor treasures (and food and drink as well!).  We wish you a safe and pleasant winter, and look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Store Closing Sale!

We will close our Harrison Avenue retail location at the end of December.  Come in now or call for latest discounts on all in stock merchandise as we clear the showroom.  Most items 30-50% off.  Updates happening daily. 

New To The Trade Program

For designers and retailers; please inquire about our To The Trade Program, for discounts of 20-50% on most items. 

 

We specialize in leather and suede, hide, fur and fibers, all sourced from the design capitals of Latin America.  From Buenos Aires to Sao Paulo to Montevideo to Lima and beyond, we are constantly in search of the finest in contemporary art and design, to help add color, texture, warmth and style to your work and home environments.  Take a look.  Tell us what you think. 

The Buenos Aires Design Center

Here's a great article by Paula Alvarado about the origins of the now Buenos Aires Design Center.  


1930s Fish Market Recycled Into New Design Center in Buenos Aires (Photos)


Photos: Paula Alvarado.

A dark warehouse that used to function as the city's fish market from the 1930s until the early 1980s has been recycled into a new home for the Metropolitan Design Center in Buenos Aires.

Although not sold as green, the building's recycled structure, wonderful natural lightning and ventilation, and adaptable spaces are solid proof of good architecture.

Plans for a new home for the Metropolitan Design Center --an organism that promotes design as a development tool in the city-- began in 2001, months before Argentina's worst economic crisis in history exploded.

The project took ten years to complete traveling through four different administrations, an incredible milestone for a public construction in Argentina.

Its goal is not only to serve as the home of a set of design start-ups, events, and all kinds of activities related to design, but also to contribute with the revitalization of the neglected southern area of the city.


As it was assumed that it would be a project that would extend in time, the idea was to design a small portion of the center very fast so that some of the workers could establish there, and then build the rest in the following years. Hence the need to create a project that could be built gradually and in a modular way.

The resulting design was a set of wooden warehouses ('ships') separated by a central street and surrounded by a line of offices, forming a sort of small design city within the greater structure.

Architect Adriana Perez Moralejo designed the first area that was built and directed the master plan, while the wining design for the whole recycling project was created by Paulo Gaston Flores Studio.

On top of the stunning look of the building, the project had some green features that seem ahead of their time considering its date.


Respecting the rule that the greenest building is the one already standing, the whole structure of the original fish market was preserved and reused.

The ceiling was re done with isolating materials to control the sun incidence, while double glazing windows were chosen for exterior areas.

As is visible in the pictures, lots of new windows were placed above to let natural light in, while common spaces outside the wooden warehouses were naturally ventilated (no AC or heat is used in those areas).


The final investment for the whole 14,500 sq meters building (156,000 sq feet) building was 60 million pesos (around 15 million US dollars). It was inaugurated in October 2010 with a huge party, but will begin functioning full time and open to the public in the following months.

More Green Architecture And Design From Argentina
Green Roofed Shipping Container, Recycled Furniture At Lovely Pop Up Cultural Center in Buenos Aires
Futuristic Green Design Concepts Give New Life to Old Buenos Aires Building (Slideshow)
Gorgeous 300 Sq. Foot Live/Work Loft Has A Place For Everything
Buenos Aires renovation has clever use of space, recycled materials

From South End Patch

 

This colorful and stylish Harrison Avenue boutique is filled with   unique Latin American design imports hand-selected by owner Frank Campanale. Items on display are constantly changing and feature a mix of contemporary living and dining furniture, paintings and sculpture, home accessories such as hide rugs, fur pillows and throws, colorful ceramic tableware, vintage textiles, jewelry and more.

In the background, Diseño offers a soundtrack of Latin American music videos, from classical to electronic tango, with CDs and DVDs for sale. Most items are imported from Argentina, Campanale's choice destination (stop by for travel tips if you're planning a trip to the area).

Time Out Boston: Best Home Design Stores!

 

Boston's best: Home design stores

Deck out your digs

By Marissa Berenson

Diseño
Inspired by the colors and textures of South American craftsmanship, Diseño’s owner travels to the region a few times a year to purchase treasures for his shop. It's a unique source for Latin design in the Boston area, and the wares incorporate a certain warmth and closeness to nature in their sophisticated styles. Vegetarians, be forewarned: the store is chock-full of furniture and throws made of supple leather and animal hides from the Argentinean plains. A cowhide cube ottoman ($399) in natural or dyed colors (like lime green!) is a playful addition to the living room, while the sleek Testa sofa ($3,999) offers contemporary seating in top-grain leather. Less animalistic are the recycled wood tables ($239-$499) made of 100-year-old pinotea wood reclaimed from old factories in Buenos Aires. Also suitable for herbivores is the wide selection of lighting and accessories, including colorfully glazed dishware ($10-$199), a Mexican Onyx table lamp ($400) and vintage wool textiles from the north of Argentina ($99-$300). 409 Harrison Ave, South End, Boston (617-423-2008, disenobos.com)

Erin Gates' Elements of Style Blog mention!

http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com/2012/01/scences-from-a-weekend.html

 

Scenes from a Week(end)

MY last week and weekend has been INSANITY. I moved, took a biz trip to Chicago the next day for a night, came back to more apartment decorating/settling and some client work.

The guest room is coming along, I love the marble mantle and my new IKEA bed and Jill Rosenwald rug- but most of all I was psyched about this adorable skeepskin stool I found at Diseno Bos- handmade in Patagonia and so friggin’ cool!


Diseño profiled by Apartment Therapy!

 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diseo-global-fu-128682

 

This South End shop made our Best of Boston City Guide, so we thought it was high time we profiled it on Apartment Therapy. Inside the store, you'll find a blend of vintage and flea market finds alongside imports from South American countries like Brazil, Argentina, Peru, and Chile.

The shop aesthetic mixes traditional and modern styles — all under the umbrella of "diseño" — or "design." There are lots of natural materials, woods, neutral tones, woven textiles, and colorful accessories. Here are a few of our picks:

  1. Vintage Seltzer Bottles, $60
  2. Colorful Small Bowls, $15
  3. Tripolina Chair, $299
  4. Vintage Rose Blanket, $300
  5. Vintage Textile Table Runner, $149
  6. Wood and Leather Hide Stools, $199
  7. Drum Style Chandelier, Red Raffia, $199
  8. Compases Oil Painting, $2,200
  9. Alpaca Silver and Leather Box, $98
  10. Luna Chair, $600


The store describes its inventory as "mix of European craftsmanship with a Latin sensibility. Rich colors, textures, the scent of fine leather, lush textiles and animal skins along with fine furniture." They maintain a showroom in the South End, as well as a website with online shopping.

Diseño | Bos, Latin Inspired Interiors

409 Harrison Avenue , Boston , Massachusetts 02118
617-423-2008
Visit the store page
Antigua, Guatemala buying trip

 Just back from 5 days in Antigua, Guatemala.  It's a lovely little ancient city, with cobblestone streets throughout, brightly colored stucco buildings, fine cafes and restaurants, and elegant boutique hotels.  If you go, eat at Hector's!  Tell him I said hi!  

The Guatemalans are fine craftspeople, working in cotton textiles, rose wood, horn, and with a really nice sense of design, using traditional materials, designs and techniques while creating some lovely and quite contemporary pieces.  More color, texture, warmth and style!  We found hand carved shot glasses and bracelets of naturally shed horn, beautiful cotton scarves, shawls throws and table runners, the most amazing handmade candles and some really fine hand carved wood trays and other vessels. We also found great pieces made with real burlap coffeee sacks. 

I strongly suggest checking out this wonderful and magical place.  It's terribly picturesque.  This last trip we had an erupting volcano off in the distance, which by day was smoking, and at night, we could see red hot firey lava flowing.  The weather was awesome.  I try to make it here at least once a year.  


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