Lorenzo Castillo’s Showroom
Designer Lorenzo Castillo’s Madrid home was featured in the Elle Decor’s April 2012 Issue, and it still has everyone talking. Lorenzo Castillo, a Spanish designer stumbles upon a 17th century building that romances his imaginations so much, …that two days later, he buys the place and moves in. That was 10 years ago, and since then, he has moved into a bigger space in the same building, which was featured in Elle Decor magazine. His first apartment was sold, along with the collection of furniture and art which was used to renovate the 11,000-square-foot space downstairs apartment spread over two floors.
In fact, the building itself was one of the most prestigious addresses in the Spanish capital during the 18th and 19th centuries. Elle Decor reveals that when the Spanish Civil War ended in 1939, the rooms of this home (which is now his) was used to store the city’s theatrical costumers for the nearby Royal Opera House. Over the years the signature architectural detailsin the apartment were gone, sold off or stolen through the war. Large pieces of the decorative stucco moldings disintegrated, which meant he was in for more than a “project”.
More than quick fixes, Castillo wanted the genuine look back. He contacted the costume company’s former owner, who enlightened him with the memories of the apartment’s original grand appearance. It took Castillo more than a year travelling through Europe to find period appropriate floors, fireplaces, and hardware. He restored much of the architectural details and decorated the rooms with antiques that Castillo found on his travels around the world, and when he was an antique dealer. Some of the antiques he features in his home are from the French Second Empire, 19th-century Swedish antiques, and 1950s Italian furniture.
Castillo is well known interior designer in Spain, with sensational taste in fine furnishings and an eye for leading design. Now he runs his own interior design business, with assistance from his partner, Alfonso Reyero.
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