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Speaker Series: Hermes Mallea

February 20, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Re-Imagining the Cuban Home: Past, Present and Future – Havana Living Today — Come listen to architect and author, Hermes Mallea discuss the splendor and beauty of the homes of Havana during this interesting and unique lecture at the Charleston Library Society.

While documenting Havanas landmark historic houses, architect Hermes Mallea was stunned to discover that the gracious family life traditionally associated with the citys grand houses had not disappeared with the Cuban Revolution.

Since 2010, he has encountered stylish Havana houses brimming with personality, homes that had been created despite the islands economic hardships and isolation.  Mallea appreciated these interiors not just for their esthetic beauty, but for the way they keep Havanas design traditions alive, making a direct connection to the style of the city before its political upheavals.

Dozens of homeowners, art collectors, expats, lawyers, painters, businessmen, fashion designers, musicians welcomed him into homes that lovingly reflected their unique personal styles. His latest book HAVANA LIVING TODAY: CUBAN HOME STYLE NOW celebrates the homeowners individual flair and ingenuity and brings the reader inside a world that has never been presented in this depth, countering long-held preconceptions about how people live in this vibrant city.  Mallea sees these interiors as evidence of the Cuban peoples hopes for their future and their vision of what Havana Style might be.

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Every attendee will receive a $10 off coupon for Mallea’s “Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now.” To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.


February 20, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm