In recent years, designers are increasingly returning to older craft traditions and working disused and antique pieces into contemporary interiors. The result is a revival of artisanship and history that bridges past and present.
1 — Waterspouts like this antique were commonplace in the haciendas that flourished in the last century in the Yucatán and were devoted to the cultivation of henequen, a type of agave plant used to make rope and twine.
Rosas & Xocolate, Mérida, Mexico
2 — Designed by Franco Albini, this wicker chair was manufactured in 1951 by Bonacina, a company founded in 1889 north of Milan that uses local reed and cane to combine two traditional crafts practiced in the area: basketry and furniture making.
Condesadf, Mexico City, Mexico
3 — This original revolving door dates back to 1929, when the flatiron-shaped building that now houses The Robey was constructed, making it the first high-rise outside of Chicago’s downtown area. The door was restored by the original, Indiana-based manufacturer.
The Robey, Chicago, United States
4 — This small ceramic hand-painted Madonna was discovered inside the ruins of the old convent that became La Bandita Townhouse, in one of the old nuns’ cells. Today it sits in the hotel’s walled garden.
La Bandita Townhouse, Pienza, Italy
5 — An antique table laid with a handwoven linen tablecloth is set for apertifs in a courtyard near what were once ancient cave dwellings, now reimagined as a contemporary boutique hotel.
Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera, Italy
6 — Interior designer Saar Zafrir took inspiration from Paris in the 1920s when selecting items like this decadent bathtub with an old-fashioned brass knob faucet.
Provocateur, Berlin, Germany
The preceding is excerpted from an article in the 2018 edition of Directions, the magazine by Design Hotels—more than 200 pages of vividly illustrated travel content by leading writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers. Buy it here for €10 or get a complimentary copy when you order the 2018 Design Hotels Book.