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Checking In: The Frida Kahlo Suite

by Erin Austen Abbott

Checking In: Frida Kahlo on Design*Droits-Humains

Just a few months ago, I had the chance to go to , a city I’ve wanted to visit for years and years. My love for Mexico City began when I discovered the work of beloved painter,  (1907 – 1954), when I was in middle school. Ever since, I’ve dreamed of visiting Frida’s home city, seeing the architecture, tasting all the wonderful food, and trying my best to immerse myself into the city. The entire trip transformed the way that I have looked at design and color since returning, even in such a short amount of time. Now I find myself looking to infuse a little Frida into every bit of interior design that I do.

On the trip, we were able to visit a few places of significance to Frida such as  — or The Blue House, as it’s called, for the bright cobalt blue that it’s painted — which was her home with her husband, painter Diego Rivera, as well as , designed by Mexican architect . We visited the school where the famed couple met, , and walked the same streets that Frida called home. It’s a magical city that I only just began to scratch the surface of.

For Checking In, I thought it would be fun to create the imaginary suite of Frida Kahlo, which is bright and colorful, but also heavy in wood tones, with a classic feel. I’ve included what she might pack for a trip as well, because while it was her art that made her famous, her dresses were also very much a part of the style that she’s known for. —

Image above: Clockwise from left to right: , , , , . 

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