Bogota, designer designer house and bonsai-filled garden

Accessory designer Daniel Corona says she has two competing sides. “On the one hand, I am known for my low, modern beauty,” she says. But there is another part of me that extends to the natural and the earthly. These opponents Trends met during the hunt, but the latter was founded in 2006 with textbooks and travel bags. The precise and structured shapes of the thin wallets and boxing crosses influenced European fashion products during Korona’s time. Like Valentino and the Italian accessories line VBH, the pieces are made by artisans in Colombia, where local plant fibers and cotton weaving techniques are truly professional and more organic.

Corona, 39, shares a home in Bogotá with her husband, Felipe Echavaria, a real estate entrepreneur, and their three young children, Filipe, 6, Alejandro, 5, and Lucia. Built in the 1980s, a white stucco exterior, a three-story, four-bedroom apartment is undoubtedly urban and the couple is partially decorated with modern abstract art and modern furniture: refined, gray, for example, a Christian Ligre sofa in the living room. It is paired with sculpture, marble and metal Stefan Parmener coffee table. However, the couple also made handmade items (such as carpets) based on their unparalleled appreciation for the extravagant beauty. Loving, Colombia’s successful fiber) and treasures collected during their travels (e.g. wine baskets, and ancient wooden boxes from Kyoto). And in the center of the house is a bright, 6,500-square-foot garden with South American plants, ferns and vineyards. Corona and Ichavaria retain their valuable bonsai trees.

Corona, a Cuban American who grew up between Florida, Miami, and Okchechobe, met Chacharia, a native of Bogotá. Expensive factories for workshops to produce pieces. Echavaria began introducing Colombian handicrafts and soon admired the country’s artisans. “I think this is part of a larger plan to go to Philippi,” said Corona with a laugh. A.D. In 2013, she began producing her bogota line, introducing fine woven patterns iraca Palm from the western mountain town of Sandsona, and from the nearby city of San Agustin, with rough female plants – all in a neutral shade of soft, straw, bone and cracker. The new collection, which began this summer, includes a bucket of art and custom-made bags for the weekend in San Jasonto, North Colombia. Over the years, the company has incorporated more durable materials and materials, including natural durable, chrome-free leather. Soon, it will also be offering products for the home.

Just as the brand has its roots in Bogotá, so does Koronna. She and Ichavaria They were married in 2014, and later that year, after a fruitless search of the city’s suburbs, Corona bought the home from Ichavaria’s parents, who described it as “non-negotiable” for nature lovers. As Corona puts it, it was “old-fashioned and fall-proof,” but it was not without its impressive charms. Located on the eastern edge of the city, in the El Chiko neighborhood, the building is on the verge of extinction as it moves toward the Chingaza National Park. “I like that the house is built on the side of the mountain, because when you enter the front, you feel like a small bungalo, and as you pass, it begins to unravel in small spaces that become their own worlds,” he says. The central living area on the street level is a corridor with access to various passages and access to third-floor bedrooms, children’s first-floor playroom, greenhouse and spacious backyard garden. Beyond that.

To create similarities, Corona and Icavaria made minor modifications to the interior, including the painting of wooden floors and doors in the building and the salvage of floors and walls in the powder room and the cladding of the Calacatta marble floor. The main bathroom is Corona to convey what he calls the “natural feeling of unusual shapes.” In the 1970’s, pieces of geometric metal were painted by the work of famous Colombian artists, including paintings by Edgar Negret and the modern artist Santiago Para, as well as furniture collected by Ichavaria’s mother during her visit to Indonesia. , Morocco and Myanmar.

But if they simply decorated their home, the couple decided to leave it in the garden, where they had the same dominant chaos – and the same Latin American and Asian influences. “The main focus of the house is always on the garden,” says Corona. “He gives the house to his soul and his character. And we certainly ‘grow’ in our garden and ‘grow as much as we can.’ Both enthusiastic planters, Corona and Ichavaria, are caught in most of the local species – such as delicate onchid orchids and many tall, palm-like Cyathea caracasana tree ferns – previously planted in the backyard, surrounded by central grass and brick-covered seating. They also added a variety of green plants, including the Sagon palms, Bougainvillea, Medinala and Store Four, into a greenhouse they built with a checkerboard-tiled exterior that connects the house to the garden.

But the pride of place is a bunch of unmarried couples. Four years ago, a friend gave Echavarria a 25-year-old pine bonsa birthday present. “Immediately, we felt that way,” says Corona. We see it as something that truly cares for us, even for generations to come. So, a year later, and despite their best efforts, when the tree became ill, Corona and Ichavaria arranged for weekly classes with Juan Iscobar, a former professor and bonsai expert at Jardin Botanico de Medellin. According to Art, during the Tan Dynasty, he first grew up in China between 618 and 907, and then moved to Japan. Experts look at the unique beauty features of a tree or tree, cutting and assembling the branches into pleasing shapes and combining them into one of a variety of tiny shapes – straight, windy and cascading – each representing a suitable version of the tree. It grows in the wild. A mature specimen holds the hand of nature and the parent.

“When we first learned about bonsai,” says Corona, “we didn’t really know how much patience, time, and dedication we needed.” “The first thing Juan told us in class was ‘Don’t even think about touching the plant for a while.’ You need to learn and understand first. ”After a few fun times with their trees – once found to be protecting the white insects – Corona and Ichavaria have now successfully expanded their Bonsa collection to include five more, of which Icaria brought the native pine she found on foot to the pot. The practice has taught them to appreciate the commitment to create something lasting – Corona’s reputation for both her brand and her life. “What I like about Bonsai is that you don’t get instant gratification,” she says. It’s really about having a long-term vision, and developing a timeless, enduring, and passive experience.

Leave a Comment