i’m jealous of binka rigava

Wow. Stunning, detailed, beautifully-executed beadwork over portraits, photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston, of actresses from the 20′s and 30′s. Latvian bead-artist Binka Rigava was recently commissioned to create these pieces for the newly remodeled restaurant & bar at at Hotel Monteleone, in New Orleans’ historic French quarter. I got an email yesterday from a restaurant/hotel designer named Ashley Wilkins, who in partnership Lindsay Broad, {both of whom work at Puccini Group in San Francisco} were the amazing team on this project. They wanted to “commission art that would speak to the mystery and golden age of the hotel”… luckily, they found Binka’s work on Etsy, and the rest is history!

{Speaking of history: Hotel Monteleone is a Literary and Historic landmark. The hotel has been open since before the 1930′s and has been written about in novels from authors like Hemingway,  Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and many more. The carousel in the bar is existing and has been there for over 70 years. The carousel even slowly spins completing a full circle once every 15 minutes.}

Have a look:


comments (26)

  1. Sandra /// 01.11.2013 /// 8:14am

    These are just stunning! And the carousel? Unbelievable and so, so beautiful.

  2. Jessica /// 01.11.2013 /// 8:22am

    AMAZING!!! I can think of nothing else to say. Love!

  3. the jealous curator /// 01.11.2013 /// 8:34am

    aren’t they gorgeous?! and yes, i’d love to go for a drink beside that carousel!!! so romantic.

  4. Ana /// 01.11.2013 /// 9:35am

    They’re not just beautiful – there’s something magic about them, as well! :O

  5. Blue Eyed Night Owl /// 01.11.2013 /// 9:51am

    This is fantastic! So mesmerizing! I wish I could see them in real life<3

  6. Sarah Kingston /// 01.11.2013 /// 10:03am

    Wow I wanna to and just stare at them all day! they are so beautiful!!!

  7. eni /// 01.11.2013 /// 10:41am

    love the stuff you share.

  8. Kreetta /// 01.11.2013 /// 11:58am

    wow. great idea, love Binka’s work. and carousel in the bar – i’m fan of circus and this gets so close.

  9. Judi Mottle /// 01.11.2013 /// 1:39pm

    Please tell me where I can buy Binka Rigava’s works.
    Thanks You, Judi Mottle

  10. the jealous curator /// 01.11.2013 /// 2:06pm

    well, she has an etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/binkaminka) but the work on there is slightly different than these commissioned pieces. you can try contacting her directly through her etsy site ; ) good luck!

  11. anna /// 01.12.2013 /// 1:20pm

    this is so so beautiful. also: i now want to read every single piece of literature that might mention/be set in the hotel monteleone. didn’t they have a carousel at the party the fitzgeralds threw in midnight in paris by woody allen?!

  12. Alicia /// 01.12.2013 /// 6:47pm

    Are copies of the photographs for sale? I love them!!!

  13. the jealous curator /// 01.12.2013 /// 8:50pm

    i’m not sure… i can look into it! hold tight!

  14. Binka /// 01.13.2013 /// 8:25am

    Thank You so much for the feature!
    It was pleasure to work with, very inspirational and tempting.
    I haven’t seen how it looks in Carousel Bar, all finished and framed.. Well , place to visit soon..

  15. the jealous curator /// 01.13.2013 /// 10:48am

    oh you’re welcome – your work is absolutely stunning! and yes, a very good reason to visit new orleans! : )

  16. Jenn /// 01.14.2013 /// 5:45am

    these are fabulous!

  17. liz /// 01.14.2013 /// 9:39am

    Mmmf! Gorgeous! Thanks for the inspiration this morning!

  18. jacqueline | the hourglass files /// 01.15.2013 /// 9:29am

    Wow, I’m blown away here.

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  20. Artsy Forager /// 01.20.2013 /// 9:36am

    Such luxuriously stunning pieces! Great find!

  21. Kahina /// 01.21.2013 /// 10:34am

    It’s really stunning! Color harmony’s is very successful and the result is very delicate, I’m very impressed. I rebloged a part of your photographies on my tumblr, with your link, I hope you’re agree.
    Love your blog, it’s very interesting and inspiring!

  22. the jealous curator /// 01.21.2013 /// 12:07pm

    of course! thanks kahina : )

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  24. Math /// 05.07.2013 /// 4:52am

    Awesome ! even more beautiful to see in situation.
    It make me think (a little bit) about the work of a french textile artist, this one for exemple http://charlottecombe.com/index.php?page=photo&idg=3&id=1:figure

  25. the jealous curator /// 05.07.2013 /// 8:20pm

    yep – i could see that : )

  26. Love Design /// 10.14.2023 /// 9:18am

    What is the name of the wall color?

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