In all of our travels at the Fall 2016 High Point Market, we couldn’t help but notice that Old Havana and Retro Cuban inspired design is on the rise. Once referred to as the “Paris of the Caribbean,” Cuba is full of architectural masterpieces and enchanting sites. The remnants of post Cuban Revolution Havana in tandem with the city’s present day restoration served as the inspiration for the Havana Crossing collection at Stanley Furniture.
We had the pleasure to tour the new collection at the Stanley showroom with Randy Wells, Vice President of Creative for Stanley Furniture, as our humble guide. On our tour, we learned firsthand where the design team found inspiration over the fifteen-month period where they made three trips to Havana with local experts. Focusing on the rich cultural history, architecture and unique aesthetics of Cuba, the team set out to create an eclectic yet polished home furnishings collection true to the Cuban authenticity. Each piece of the collection was thoughtfully staged with pieces from the team’s travels to Cuba, as can be seen in the photos.
At the forefront of modern architecture in Latin America, Havana was designed to compete with cities like Miami and Las Vegas for tourism. Havana’s distinctive aesthetic has inspired architects and designers around the world through a combination of midcentury modern design, European Colonial architecture and the Caribbean environment.
“The very harmony with which all of these styles, colors and textures coexist, shoulder to shoulder, cuts right to the heart of our design thesis and mission: to experience the full spectrum of Havana’s architectural and cultural landscape and synthesize that into a beautiful collection of wood residential furnishings.” – Randy Wells, Vice President of Creative, Stanley Furniture
The collection is driven by three principle levelers, including style preference, color palette and material mix, featuring hand-worn Colonial Mahogany and Finca White paint as well as indigo blue and masonic red accents. The Havana Crossing collection spans three different style categories, including New Traditional based on the European Colonial style, a more transitional and tropical island style called Caribbean Estate, and Tropical Modern in reference to Havana’s mid-century modern influenced design.
We’ve compiled a few of our favorite pieces from the showroom and the photos that inspired their design and composition. If you didn’t get the chance to visit the Stanley showroom at High Point Market, you can take an awesome digital showroom tour on their website.
The Segundo Cabo Bed
The extraordinary stone archways of the Palacio del Segundo Cabo (Palace of the Second in Command), La Habana Vieja, inspired the Segundo Cabo Panel and Upholstered beds. This palace was originally a general post office headquarters, and presently acts as an organization dedicated to Cuban-European cultural exchanges.
Palacio del Segundo Cabo
Stanley Segundo Cabo Panel Bed
Stanley Segundo Cabo Upholstered Bed
The Ventana Mirror
The lobby bar at the Hotel Havana Riviera
Stanley Ventana Mirror
The Lasa Arm Chair
Casa de la Amistad
Lasa Arm Chair
The Correspondent’s Entertainment Console
Doorway, La Habana Vieja
Correspondent’s Entertainment Console
Antique Restored Cuban Record Player
The Murcielago Lobby Table
Lobby of the Hotel Havana Riviera
Murcielago Lobby Table
The Portico Cocktail Table
Amongst the indigo blue sofa, this cocktail table was inspired by cocktail tables in the Hotel Havana Riviera lobby as well as the porticos and archways of Vedado neighborhood homes. It features a debossed brass plate insert on top.
Vedado neighborhood home
Portico Cocktail Table and living room set
Portico Cocktail Table
A few other favorites
La Cuna Bar Cart
Correspondent’s Writing Table
Correspondent’s Writing Table