one of the benefits of living in los angeles is our access to some of the finest art museums in the world. lacma is truly one of our favorite museums to explore! and because we live so close, we do so at our leisure to look for design inspiration.
we recently stopped in to take a closer look of some of the treasures housed in the art of the americas building. and, it did not disappoint! in recent years, lacma has been paying particular attention to developing more of their latin american art galleries, especially spanish colonial, modern, and contemporary holdings. so, if you have not been there in recent years, get ready for quite the transformation.
we were particularly drawn to the various forms of decorative storage. simply exquisite! you have to see for yourself in person, but we do want to point out a few key pieces that you should take note of when you are there. the scale of some of these are beyond amazing! we immediately thought how perfect these would be in a kpi project since we love to remix the new with the old, and infuse rooms with character and charm.
adorned inside with beautiful geometric designs, this leather bound chest with curved lid and covered in iron nails made our heart pitter patter. muy bueno!
sewing boxes of this time period were anything, but simple! this features mother of pearl and tortoiseshell. so divine!
of course, we loved this particular sewing box so much we had to get a different perspective so you can appreciate it from all sides including from top.
when we laid eyes on this very detailed carved trunk, our heart just about skipped a beat. just beautiful!
gorgeous view from inside a sewing box from the late 17th century, which is on loan to lacma from collector patricia phelps de cisneros.
love the exterior detail of this large sewing box in inlaid mother of pearl!
this peruvian chest is made of exotic woods and ornamented with very lavish materials, including mother of pearl, tortoiseshell and ivory. a wonderful representation of the more refined decorative arts!
apparently, sewing boxes were very highly valued during spanish colonial times. we can see why! you can tell the extra care that went into them to make them very special.
museum tip: on the second tuesday of every month, general admission to lacma is free to all. la residents also have the option of getting in free every tuesday, thursday and friday after 3pm. so, plan a date for after work or take yourself to experience the beauty of latin american art!