Designer vignette by Antonio Martins and de Gournay
Looking to his Brazilian heritage, designer Antonio Martins has envisioned an exotic mangrove jungle scene in a sea green "mare verde" monochrome. Consistent with the show’s theme Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art and Antiques, he was inspired to call attention to the many endangered species of Brazil. The walls will be covered with a custom de Gournay paper dramatically painted with flora and fauna bringing forth the steamy seductiveness of the jungle world. In the vignette will be iconic Brazilian furniture by Hugo Franca with a counterpoint of Baroque santos and a few intriguing surprises.
Antonio Martins studied hotel management in Switzerland, and worked for 11 years building a successful hotel career in Asia. From hotel operations to hotel design, he put his mark on some of the finest venues in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Argentina and most recently, Chicago. His residential career began in San Francisco, while obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design. Over the past ten years, Antonio’s projects have included residences in the Bay Area, Europe and South America. His commercial designs include hotels in Palm Springs, Mexico, Brazil and several restaurants in Europe.
An artist at heart, Antonio brings an eclectic approach to interior design, with an interesting mix of antiques, modern artwork and contemporary furniture. Antonio’s work has been featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, California Home + Design, Dwell, Elle Décor and many other publications.