Just a few months ago, I had the chance to go to Mexico City, 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, Frida Kahlo (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 The Frida Kahlo Museum — 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 Casa Estudio Diego Rivera, designed by Mexican architect Juan O’Gorman. We visited the school where the famed couple met, San Ildefonso, 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. —Erin
Image above: Clockwise from left to right: Studio of Frida Kahlo and her husband, painter Diego Rivera, Marco Colin for Shelf, candleholders, chair, keychain.
Photography by Erin Austen Abbott