I love being curious. It takes you to so many places. Like to Havana, Cuba.
I read Veranda Magazine, which I enjoy a lot. Visually, it is has beautiful photos of interesting interiors. Mostly in my taste, if not in my price range.
One of the articles described an inspiring staircase designed by Rene Lalique in a house in Havana, Cuba.
I had no idea that Rene Lalique did interior designs. And in Cuba, yet. So, I started to look.
Lalique did more than just an interior of a house in Havana, he also did a mausoleum. It’s a bit of a Taj Mahal-like story.
The photo below is of Catalina Lasa and Juan Pedro Baro. She lived in the early part of the 20th century and was considered a great beauty. She fell in love with Juan Pedro Baro, a sugar magnate, who fell in love with her, but both of them were married to other people. Eventually, they were able to marry and they built a home in Havana, now called Casa de la Amistad.
The interior was designed by Rene Lalique. Here’s some photos.
When she died, Baro had a mausoleum built, also designed by Lalique.
Of course, this building is quite different looking than the Taj Mahal, but the sentiment is definitely the same. A great love story and some great architecture and design.
It turns out that Havana is filled with interesting art deco buildings, both commercial and residential. It also has a museum devoted to the decorative arts, the Museo de Arts Decorativas. We may have to add Cuba onto our list of places we’d like to visit.
I never did find a photo of the staircase that inspired the one in the house featured in Veranda. But I did find a photo of this one. And when we go, the building that houses this staircase will definitely be on the list.