In a classical building in Madrid’s upscale neighborhood of Salamanca, an interior design bonanza is currently underway. As part of the six-week 2019 Casa Decor interior design exhibition, over 50 spaces in the building’s four floors have been temporarily transformed into showrooms for today’s biggest interior trends. Among these spaces is a dream-like dressing room—arguably Casa Decor’s most playful and Instagrammable this year.
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Designed by local firm Patricia Bustos Studio, the multi-sensory dressing room—dubbed Wonder Galaxy—feels both futuristic and retro with elements borrowed from not only the contemporary works of graphic designer Paul Fuentes and the imagery of Sophia Amoruso’s Nasty Galaxy book, but also the space-age whimsy of the 1960s.
"[Wonder Galaxy] is a futuristic dream that explores the relationship between the future and the dream world which brings us back to our childhood," the studio explains. "We asked why, as adults, we usually opt to banish fantasies, stop our imagination, and become more serious and formal."
The studio believes the answer to reviving this forgotten childhood creativity and energy lies in the abundant use of color, surprise, and beauty. Filled with bright pastels, whimsical art, and multi-sensory elements—including Dior perfume scents—Wonder Galaxy is designed to transport visitors to a utopian dream world that inspires feelings of limitless potential.
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Pink, a color of significance for designer Patricia Bustos, dominates the color palette of the 484-square-foot dressing room. "It has some magic that could change anything serious to playful; it modernizes the most classic piece, or it refreshes the most sober and boring environment," the studio notes.
"Fantasy colors and soap bubbles are mixed with unusual materials such as iridescent tiles to generate an atmosphere that brings us to another galaxy and helps us to visualize new horizons where we can dream and be ourselves."
The ephemeral Wonder Galaxy exhibition will be on display until the conclusion of Casa Decor, on March 10, 2019.
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