Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class
Design Dialog: Color
Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads
Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium
Design Dialog: What About Fabrics
Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!
Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge
Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit
Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet
Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY
Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!
Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room
Bienvenue ŕ Paris: Shakespeare & Company
Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart
Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C
Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
Thighs and Other Thoughts
How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
Born to the Purple
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
Blanc des Blancs
The Moon and Other Jewels
New things are blooming on Armstrong Pkwy.
Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
Mudejar en vogue
Spain Part 2 - Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and Avila
The Artistry of Daniel Ost
Happy Valentine's Day
Jamaica Has Never Been Lovelier
Working in a Winter Wonderland
Imagine my Surprise...
Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope
In New York for Antiques Week
D Home - Best Designers 2011
My Christmas Wish to You
My talented staff
New Classical in Dallas
Kudos for the Gene Pool
Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Trip Wrap Up
A Winning Week
How to Vacation in Architectural Bliss
Ode to Thatch
Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
Still More Design Riches (Part IV)
The Design Riches Continue (Part III)
Feminine and Fanciful
So the week ended
A Week of Wonders
Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury
A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace
More Design Riches (Part II)
A Year of Design Riches
Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News
Asian Jazz and Friendship
Follow us on Facebook!
It's Coming Together
2010 Legacy of Design Awards
The House as Mirror of Self
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
The Joy of Mindless Reverie
A Passion for Paper Art
Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
My husband, the architect, and I went to Barcelona to research Antoni Gaudi... the flamboyant and brilliant, if a bit bizarre, Spanish architect of the late 19th and early 20th century.
Around most of the world the design "virus" going around at that time was Art Nouveau, a curvy, vegetal style that gave way to a more geometric Art Deco style when Carter opened King Tut's tomb and changed the design world on a par with the impact Farrah Faucet’s hair style had on young women in the 70’s. It wasn't long after Carter’s discovery that the Chrysler building was sporting ziggurat shapes and Art Nouveau was over. Before its demise, there were movements in most parts of Europe and even extending into America in a few avante garde pockets.
Guaranty / Prudential Building
Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
Ornament from Louis Sullivan's Carson Pirie Scott Building
Slightly aligned with that was something called the Aesthetic Style which pretty much describes the Whistler rooms in the Freer Galley in Washington D.C..
Suffice it to say, the overall taste in Gaudi's heyday was twisty, vining, tendrils of wood and inlays. In Barcelona, where he lived and worked, there was and still is a long cultural tradition of fanciful shapes which had been used on pottery, and other ornamental elements... a tradition which didn't just influence Gaudi. Fellow Catalans such as Picasso, Miro, and today, Valencian, Javier Mariscal, all incorporate whimsical shapes into their work that amuse and also suggest universal forms.
The Kiss by Pablo Picasso
Hand Catching a Bird by Joan Miro
Cobi, the little Mariscal dog that was the motif of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 is a good example of these whimsical motifs.
So, with Gaudi in mind when we debarked at the Barcelona airport, we were a bit surprised that our first stop, even before checking in at our hotel, was at a park which was Gaudi-less. But the reason our driver stopped at this lovely park had nothing to do with the ancient history of Barcelona. Having heard us chatting about our architectural pilgrimage, he asked, "Would you like to see the Barcelona Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe?"
No two people ever climbed over luggage and out of an SUV faster than we did. Despite sleep deprivation, museum fatigue, and having gone without nourishment for way too long... nothing could have held us back.
Now THAT is architectural bliss!! Before immersing ourselves in what we knew would be intricate, ornate, challenging to our taste preconceptions, and generally convoluted design by Gaudi we were blessed with an opportunity to experience purity.
I was dumbstruck... this elegantly simple structure was flooded with early afternoon light which was an even light, casting minimal shadows and revealing all. The condition of the building revealed the respect with which this iconic work is treated. It was gleaming.
Or was that gleam the sparkle in our eyes? What a magic architectural moment for both me and Cole... we stood in each area, quiet and contemplative, appreciating the shapes, the materials, the restrained yet elegant details. It was especially surprising to experience the rather small spaces and the sense that, although small, it was “enough.” Everything was wonderfully human-scale, airy and that the rooms, which had looked so large in architectural books, were cozy; yet the interiors felt spacious because of the open plan, the glass walls, and the reflecting pools on either side of the low slung building.
And sitting right where Mies planned, there were some Barcelona chairs, in Barcelona of all places!