OSCAR JACOBSON / COLOR ME BARRAGAN
THE MEXICAN STAPLE / SANTA FÉ AESTHETICS
LUIS BARRAGAN: Luis Barragán is remembered for the abundance of vibrant color as well light and space. He reinvented the International Style, bringing color to Mexican Modernism.
Because of his mastery of light and space, Luis brought back his own version of Modernism by imbuing it with the warmth and vibrance of his native Mexico. He combined Mexican visual heritage with modernist forms of abstraction. He accentuated his colorful buildings’ in a natural environment and decided a house should not be a “machine for living.” His goal was “emotional architecture.”
Luis’ favorite themes were light and water and he soon became skilled at manipulating them both in buildings like the 1966 San Cristobal House and Stables built around a brightly colored, sculptural sequence of horse pools and the 1975-77 Francisco Gilardi House framing an indoor pool.
SANTA FÉ RANCH: For the most part, fashion designer and film director Tom Ford has managed to keep his homes out of the spotlight. This mind-blowingly beautiful ranch property in Santa Fe is designed by famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando to fit Tom Fords dream of a staple in New Mexico. A true beauty between sweeping landscape and modern lines.
Set into the desert landscape of New Mexico, the ranch has been crafted to fit naturally into the surroundings, working with the light and shade to create a dramatic sanctuary for the designer, and his horses.
The minimalistic architecture mixed with the Mexican blue sky and the rustic color palette of the surrounding landscape is a true beauty.