Eugenia Errazuriz (1860 to 1951 ) a woman of taste and social prestige

Madame Errazuriz or The Lady in Black, John Singer Sargent, c. 1882–188
Madame Errazuriz or The Lady in Black, John Singer Sargent, c. 1882–188

Eugenia Errazuriz was a Chilean society hostess. She was born in Huici Chile and was active in Paris and London.

In 1880, she married the wealthy landscape painter José Thomas Errazuriz and settled in Paris.  

Minimalist

She furnished her homes sparsely, shunning suites of furniture, potted palms, and other clutter, commanding: ‘Throw out and keep throwing out. Elegance means elimination.’ She spent freely but lived simply, blending patrician and peasant tastes. She preferred attractive chairs, flowers, a desk, plain inexpensive fabrics simply hung, and a bare scrubbed floor in her main room. Her affection for what she called ‘Inca pink’ was adopted by Elsa Schiaparelli as ‘shocking pink.’ Her friends included Madrazos, Bibescos, and Helleus.  

Around 1900 the Errazurizes moved to Cheyne Walk, London, where Eugenia’s associates included the unconventional photographer Baron de Meyer, her nephew Tony de Gandarillas and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Friendship with Picasso

After her husband died in 1913, she returned to Paris. She was a friend of Igor Stravinsky. Through Jean Cocteau, she met Pablo Picasso, who drew her often. Between 1915 and 1925 she maintained a close loving friendship with Picasso. Besides a passion for the artist she also had a passion for his recent work. Picasso enjoyed her company, enjoyed talking Spanish with her, but given the age gap, her piety and his other involvements, there was no question of an affair. 

When Picasso married Olga Koklova in 1918, they honeymooned at Errazuriz’s Biarritz villa, ‘La Mimoseraie.’ Before 1914 the estate had white walls and terracotta tiles, although she used 18th-century French silver flatware.

Eugenia transformed Picasso from a scruffy Montparnasse bohemian into the elegant lion of what Max Jacob called his ‘duchess period.’

Picasso biographer, John Richardson

A woman of taste and social prestige

She was fond of jasmine, lavender, rose geranium, lemon verbena and other aromatic plants in bare flower pots. Her Paris home was in the 18th-century townhouse of Étienne de Beaumont; using primarily white and indigo. She was fastidious about her slipcovers made by Leitz. She would wear a simple black shift designed by Coco Chanel. She would entertain guests including Jean Hugo, Emilio Terry, Raymond Radiguet, and Georges Braque.

Eugenia Errazuriz apartment, Paris, 1920s
Eugenia Errazuriz, Étienne de Beaumont apartment, Paris, 1920s

She was very influential on the tastes of Cocteau and Jean-Michael Frank. Le Corbusier designed the 1930 Errazuriz House (unrealised) for Vino del Mar (Chile) with a pitched roof and in timber and stone. It was his first essay incorporating primitive technical elements. In 1950 she sold up and returned to Chile. The influence of her aesthetic, with its carefully contrived Mediterranean simplicity as a setting for a few well-chosen pieces, was profound.

Sources

Angels in the wings. (1996, October 23). The Guardian. https://www.newspapers.com/image/260405896/?terms=Eugenia%20Errazuriz&match=1.

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Additional Reading

Banham, J. (1997). Encyclopedia of Interior Design. Taylor & Francis. https://amzn.to/3pbXWGX

Bender, N. (2014). John Sargent: 121 Drawings. Osmora Incorporated. https://amzn.to/3riASsE

de Zayas, M., & Naumann, F. M. (1998). How, When, and Why Modern Art Came to New York. MIT Press. https://amzn.to/3pbbjH9

FitzGerald, M. C. (1996). Making Modernism: Picasso and the Creation of the Market for Twentieth-century Art. University of California Press. https://amzn.to/3p77DX0

Pierotti, J. N., Gallery, D., & Gardens. (2018). The Real Beauty: The Artistic World of Eugenia Errázuriz. Dixon Gallery and Gardens. https://amzn.to/3xElvvz

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    Patricia Urquiola called this collection Vimini because it means wicker in Italian and sounds like Bimini, an island. They used only the right amount of outdoor wicker with a rougher wooden frame. The design is well known that when you get close, it stirs your memory and makes you feel at home. That’s what it was, more or less—the object of memory.Read More →

  • Noguchi lamp an Akari light sculpture

    Noguchi lamp an Akari light sculpture

    In 1951, Isamu Noguchi visited the town of Gifu, Japan, known for its manufacture ofRead More →

  • Forms Stackable Stool by Ookkuu

    Forms Stackable Stool by Ookkuu

    The Forms Stackable Stool features a lovely circle seat with a convenient stacking capability. Solid wood frame and plywood wood veneer seat.Read More →

  • Hover minimalist stool by Tom Chung

    Hover minimalist stool by Tom Chung

    Hover is a minimalist stool created by Toronto-based designer Tom Chung. Hover is a contemporary take on the mechanics’ stool. Designed for co-working spaces or cafe’s where one might need personal short-term storage space. The tray provides a surface for your bag, without having to place it on the floor or hanger.Read More →

  • Astronaut Light – Houston there is no problem

    Astronaut Light – Houston there is no problem

    This Astronaut Light made me laugh. Perfect bedside lamp, nightlight, or conversation piece; this unique lamp lets you reposition the astronaut to float around the moon at the base.Read More →

  • Michel Péclard, stool, 1955. Beech and birch.

    Michel Péclard, stool, 1955. Beech and birch.

    Michel Péclard, stool, 1955. Beech and birch. Made by Horgen-Glarus, Switzerland, from 1926 the firm produced wood furniture and they furnished the Swiss Pavillion, 1929-30.Read More →

  • The Klapp Foldable High Chair – Coming Soon

    The Klapp Foldable High Chair – Coming Soon

    Norway-based brand KAOS , known for their Scandinavian designs and affordable prices, is gearing up to launch their latest product, the Klapp designed in collaboration with product designer Ole Petter Wullum. Available in solid oak and oak veneer in three colourways, this high chair folds up into a slim profile for easy storage and features step ladders that allow kids to climb up and down themselves.Read More →

  • Edgy NHRXJ Character Wall Tiles Of Concrete

    Edgy NHRXJ Character Wall Tiles Of Concrete

    Painting walls is a bit hacky, everybody does that. Want to stand out? Go for trendy wallpaper , try decorative panels, covers and much more. The option we are sharing today is right for those who want something catchy and creative and nothing typical and usual: these are gorgeous tiles of not a usual material.Read More →

  • Artist Turns Her Boring Toilet Into A Magical Place

    Artist Turns Her Boring Toilet Into A Magical Place

    Artist Roza Khamitova recently completed her latest series Shovava, which involved creating countless numbers of drawings and paintings. There were so many of them, they were barely fitting under her bed. So she decided to put them to use by transforming her toilet.Read More →

  • ​If There’s Such a Thing as a Sexy Toilet Plunger, This is It

    ​If There’s Such a Thing as a Sexy Toilet Plunger, This is It

    Toilet plungers are not something we tend to discuss. But, for sure, we want them to work and we sure hope there’s one accessible if we—horror!—happen to need one in someone else’s bathroom. (By the way, this post has some great tips for how to unclog a toilet, should you find yourself without a plunger).Read More →

  • Geometric Wallpapers add dimension, softness and layering effect

    Geometric Wallpapers add dimension, softness and layering effect

    Modern geometric wallpapers give a light-hearted air to the living room, bedroom or guest room. Choosing a classy geometric wallpaper in black, blue, and silver looks great in a bathroom. Wallpaper adds a dimension that a plain coat of paint cannot. Rooms without a lot of soft surfaces – dining rooms and bathrooms, for example, wallpapers add a softness and a layering effect.Read More →

  • How medieval monks helped shape the modern-day office

    How medieval monks helped shape the modern-day office

    From standing desks to open office plans, our modern workspaces have deep historical roots. The coronavirus pandemic has forced most people to create an office space of their own—whether by devoting a room in their homes for work, sitting socially distanced in common areas, or just creating a “Zoom worthy” corner in a bedroom.Read More →

  • 1920s Apartment Rejuvenated With Warm Shades Of Yellow

    1920s Apartment Rejuvenated With Warm Shades Of Yellow

    Yellow is one of the most cheerful and fun colours yet it’s rarely the main colour tone in interior design. That’s one of the reasons why we’re so excited to have come across this wonderful efficiency apartment from Stockholm, Sweden.Read More →

  • A Dreamy 1962 Airstream Trailer Wallpapered with Florals

    A Dreamy 1962 Airstream Trailer Wallpapered with Florals

    With easy, peaceful style and purposeful design, the International Travel Trailer earns its name everywhere you look. Ready to excite as well as comfort, it’s all about a fine balance that makes for the perfect adventure. That’s what the International is here for – a silver sanctuary to help you get back to what really matters.Read More →

  • A Guide To The Perfect Rug Placement For Your Space

    A Guide To The Perfect Rug Placement For Your Space

    Snug as a bug in a rug… But where does one even put that rug? I’ve had a decade-long obsession with how rugs improve and basically make a room. Even a cheap as chips rug can tie a whole room together. But something that I’ve learnt in more recent years is that when it comes to rugs, there are rules.Read More →

  • 5 DIY Home Decor Trends on Instagram During the Pandemic

    5 DIY Home Decor Trends on Instagram During the Pandemic

    Along with amateur bakers and say, amateur fashion tie dyers, one particular at-home persona has emerged amid the pandemic: amateur home designers. As we all collectively spend more time at home due to quarantine guidelines, more and more people have taken it upon themselves to redecorate their apartments and homes.Read More →

  • This Paris Apartment is Only 194 Square Feet

    This Paris Apartment is Only 194 Square Feet

    When I saw the pictures of this apartment I immediately knew who the designer was, because only one person could make an apartment this small look this good. Parisian designer Marianne Evennou specializes in turning tiny apartments into tiny, perfect jewel boxes, and this little space, measuring a mere 18 square meters (or 194 square feet) is no exception.Read More →

  • Minimalist pendant lighting can illuminate your life

    Minimalist pendant lighting can illuminate your life

    w181 Linier is a minimalist pendant created by Berlin-based designer Dirk Winkel for  Wästberg . The w181 linier is a pendant luminaire that appears like a linear lamp at first sight, but its geometrically strict and minimalistic body actually houses a series of 256 ultra tight-packed individual optical systems, utilising a deep-recessed long linear lens with spot characteristics and separated glare-protection compartments.Read More →

  • Designer Profile: Louise Campbell – Scandinavian Rationalism and feminity

    Designer Profile: Louise Campbell – Scandinavian Rationalism and feminity

    We have had a lot of Danish design recently, so it’s no surprise that we turn to Louise Campbell’s work. Born in Copenhagen to a Danish father and an English mother, Campbell inherited a ” combination of Scandinavian rationalism and femininity, ” which can be seen in its design of furniture and objects that emphasise functionality, material technology and complex forms.Read More →

  • Room divider ideas – 8 ways to separate an open plan space

    Room divider ideas – 8 ways to separate an open plan space

    Finding room divider ideas that are just as stylish as they are functional, is often easier said than done. But, if you live in an open place space, maybe it’s a studio apartment or perhaps you have a kitchen and living room in one situation going on, you will know the importance of creating ‘zones’ (rooms within rooms).Read More →

  • Pastel Pink Crates Are Everywhere Right Now

    Pastel Pink Crates Are Everywhere Right Now

    As if Kmart Australia wasn’t painful enough, we Americans have yet another reason to envyRead More →

  • 9 ways to make your lounge room look bigger

    9 ways to make your lounge room look bigger

    A small space doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be cramped. Maybe there is not enough light; furniture doesn’t sit well, the layout isn’t right? How do you make a small room feel more spacious? With clever use of colour, furniture placing, space planning and lighting, your small space can feel as spacious as you need it to bRead More →

  • Small studio space in a warm color palette

    Small studio space in a warm color palette

    This small one-room studio is decorated with lots of white combined with natural materials and warm colours like beige and ochre. This warm palette looks very inviting and unifies the style throughout the space. My favourite area must be the small white dining area with white bentwood chairs. Perfect for a morning coffee.Read More →

  • London. A small but boldly coloured house

    London. A small but boldly coloured house

    She has Italian design from the 1950s to the 1980s, with a special emphasis on Gio Ponti. A few Ikea pieces are on proud display, joined by vintage items found at flea markets and on eBay. Contemporary objects include a cushion by Nathalie Du Pasquier for Hay and a stool by Anton Alvarez. Read More →

  • Otto Swivel Chair by Tim Webber Design Studio

    Otto Swivel Chair by Tim Webber Design Studio

    The Otto Chair combines a sense of comfort, luxury and practicality into one small-footprint easy chair. The moulded foam seat shell wraps around you to create a chair that could be sat in for hours, be it in the office or at home. Read More →

  • Modern Interior Design – a guide 

    Modern Interior Design – a guide 

    The modernism movement began to unfold as it moved away from using the traditional building and design materials like wood, stone and brick and instead began to focus on industrial materials including glass, steel and concrete.Read More →

  • A Fearlessly Decorated Loft in a Restored Firehouse — House Tour

    A Fearlessly Decorated Loft in a Restored Firehouse — House Tour

    I love the idea of residing in a restored firehouse that is now used as a live/work art gallery that houses a group of creatives from different mediums!Read More →

  • TEA MASTER: A Modern Teahouse in Hangzhou, China

    TEA MASTER: A Modern Teahouse in Hangzhou, China

    Specializing in pesticide-free tea, TEA MASTER is a new modern teahouse located in Hangzhou, China, that was designed by kooo architects.Read More →

  • Shark 3D Illusion Lamp (Repost)

    Shark 3D Illusion Lamp (Repost)

    Energe economy with power pass of 0.012kw.h / 24 hours. Automatically change colour mode. PressRead More →

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