"It's important to surround oneself with beauty"

From running an antique store, to being one of Europe’s most prestigious interior designers. His “vital use” of the decorative arts has led Lorenzo Castillo (Madrid, 1968) to sign off on projects like the renovation of the Grand Hotel Son Net in Puigpunyent, Mallorca, a palace in Mahón or the Loewe stores in Madrid and Shanghai, among other works of art.

Castillo recalls when he would go to Madrid’s flea market, the Rastro, with his grandmother, browsing and buying fabrics and antiques, describing them as “very exciting moments”. “My grandmother used to tell me fascinating stories about the family’s glory days. She spoke to me of décor and antiques, she was a woman with an expert eye and exquisite taste”. 

And perhaps that had something to do with why you decided to study Art History... 

I wanted to study something that would shape me as a person. I didn’t want to be a career professional, I wanted to read and do research. I didn’t care about grades. I studied what I liked, and discovered fields like Islamic Art, the Spanish Golden Age or contemporary art, all of which made a mark on me. 

When you finished your degree, you opened an antique store in Madrid’s Barrio de las Letras, or Literary Quarter, with your brother Santiago. What memories do you have of that era? [...]


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