Modra Studio Fabrics Transformed This San Diego Historical Landmark Home

MODRA STUDIO Press / DesignSense / Danica Maricic, Editor-in-Chief

September 19, 2016

Products & Materials

“Our textiles convey a lifestyle of continual exploration. Fabrics should have depth, story, and champion the imagination. Design that dances with the elements and space around it has a memorable and transformative quality to those who experience it.” – Fernando Apodaca, co-founder of MODRA Studio.

MODRA Studio textiles and wall coverings clearly push the boundaries of what we typically think of for upholstery, draperies and decorative accessories. They represent a whole new way of thinking about decorative textiles and wall coverings; artists who have turned their exotic travels into organic yet contemporary and wildly sophisticated designs. As our lives have become less conventional, so have our homes and workplaces. There are new spatial relationships and usages to explore as both residential and commercial buildings have changed and grown; identities have been redefined.

We’re sharing this project, “Historical Landmark Home”, as an example of merging the old with the new; an eclectic design, composed of elements drawn from a variety of sources and styles.

This historical landmark home, nestled in a picturesque marina in San Diego, California, inspired these concepts for marrying historical period elements with a contemporary sculptural touch. MODRA Studio has vitalized this classic residence with stylish and modern textiles that bridge the old world and new. Their collection transforms this space into a poetic and luminous home.

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This formal dining room has been revamped with chairs upholstered in a lively Porcelain Blue “Flora” pattern. This vivid textile is derived from abstract drawings in the Amazon Rainforest of exotic plant formations. Curvilinear medallions and symmetrical blooms contribute to a whimsical and orderly pattern, bringing a fresh perspective to these French ladder back chairs.

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Opening the French doors conjures up a refreshing breeze from the bay which inspired the utilization of a monochromatic, sheer drapery to softly frame this inviting space. The “Turkana” fabric which is an ode to wind on water, was an original sculpture inspired by the fierce winds faceting the surface of Lake Turkana, Kenya. It is a contemporary and refined pattern with depth, warmth, and story. These sheers elegantly frame this expansive view of the marina and provide a poetic treatment to this luxurious transitional space.

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This nautically themed family room creates a casual and ocean-inspired atmosphere. A geometric “Batik” pattern, derived from a hand-embroidered, wax-resist dyed fabric, is featured in an elegant China Blue on a classic bamboo chair. Inspired by Indonesia.

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A gracious period piece is upholstered here in Ginger Blue “Ring”, portraying the graceful and concentric arcs of the wood grain. This diamond-shaped pattern, originating from a painting of plant formations in the Amazon Rainforest, harmonizes beautifully with the antique settee and echoes the checkerboard marble floor. 

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The sofa is the jewel of this grand living room, vibrant and painterly in Porcelain Blue “Amazon.” The artist painted these expressive and intertwining gestures while traveling in the Amazon Rainforest. Symbolizing the majestic flora and fauna of this natural wonder, this exuberant velvet flirts with the traditional floral motifs of the rug, fireplace mantle, and armoire in a memorable fashion.  

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