After serving as the creative director for Travel + Leisure Magazine for several years, Laura Aviva launched her own business, L’Aviva Home, to further her passion for discovering new cultures and places.
Based in New York City, Aviva creates lighting fixtures, blankets and throws, rugs, fabric and wallpaper, hammocks, poufs, and pillows with skilled artisans in different continents.
Three of her newest collections were produced in collaboration with craftsmen from Latin America. Created with master artisan Eligio Zarate in Santa María Atzompa, Mexico—where the pottery-making tradition has roots tracing back to ancient Zapotec culture—the Atzompa collection comprises lighting fixtures made with red clay and topped by carved wooden rings.
Inspired by the equestrian heritage of Colombia, the Talabartero collection (which means “master saddler”) was made in collaboration with Edgar Beltran Jaramillo and his team in Bogota.
The leather poufs and pillows are crafted from a saturated jewel-toned palette that draws on the paintings of Fernando Botero. For the Werregue lighting collection, pieces were woven with werregue fiber by the Wounaan, an indigenous group from Colombia’s Pacific Coast, and characterized by their bold, graphic patterning in black and white.
Every L’Aviva Home collection tells a unique and fascinating story with reinvented traditions.
Photos: Courtesy of L’Aviva Home, Portrait by Melanie Dunea