“this house is
sort of a
Caicedo also designs furniture and his own
creations—among them lamps, the dining room
table and chairs—play a part throughout the home,
often providing a contemporary counterpoint to his
assorted furnishings. With ancestral roots stretching
back about 500 years to Spain, Caicedo has cajoled
Renaissance textiles and a collection of 300- to 400-
year-old saints’ hands from family members. Whether
a red stone sculpture of an angel (found in the trash), a
pulpit transformed into a window frame (his first “real”
purchase), or the religious murals (rescued) hanging in
his living room, Caicedo is attracted to these objects
for their aesthetic point of view.
Just as alluring is his admiration for modern icons,
including a table by Michael Graves, a Philippe Starck
chair and kitchen accessories, and Alessi accents.
Between these two extremes lies everything else: a 19th
century Japanese vase, Murano glass, a “Sputnik” ceiling
lamp from the 1950s and a wooden “egg” sculpture
by H.C. Westermann. “My taste is very eclectic but
everything speaks the same language,” Caicedo says.
“I like things that are very simple, strong and true to
their origins. I don’t mind if something is broken or
destroyed as long as it has integrity.”
Ironically, Caicedo’s residence is nothing like the
work he does for clients. For them, he usually executes
highly edited and practical interiors. “This house was
one of those that evolved on its own,” Caicedo says.
“What’s important to me is the eye, not the wallet.
Things should be interesting whether you buy them or
find them on the street” c Luis Caicedo, Luis Caicedo
Design, P.O. Box 80, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY