Traveling and exploring the great cities of the world has a profound influence on my design style. The experiences with the art, architecture, and culture of these unique places shape how I express myself artistically. I am constantly peeking around the next corner, searching for I am not exactly sure what, but all of this genuine curiosity has produced a wealth of impressions which have served as fuel for my designs. The variety of textures, shapes, and colors are fascinating and can be found in many of my travel inspired collections.
Florence, Italy, is one of my favorite places in Europe, steeped in history and abundant in unique architecture and amazing details. The Ponte Vecchio (“old bridge”, pictured above) was built in 1345 and spans the Arno River at its narrowest spot. The bridge still has the shops built along its sides. This was common practice, but whereas butchers once occupied these spaces they are primarily jewelers and art dealers today. It is a bit touristy, but the bridge is a must-see, and every time I am in Florence I cross it on my way to Hemingway.
This out-of-the-way café, named for the American novelist, is a perfect spot for a late-night drink and a bite of something sweet. The decor is an eclectic mix of art and shabby chic furniture with an unmistakable Florentine vibe. A glass of the house red and any of the homemade chocolate creations caps off a long day of exploring and sketching for me.
If you’re thinking about a trip to Florence, Hemingway is a must! Email me and I will give you my shortlist of other things to do and places to see.—Christopher
Central Florence is small enough to explore entirely on foot, and every twisting alley, bustling bridge, or overlook offers a new visual experience of this special city.