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Rogélio Cuéllar, el autor de más de mil imágenes no reposa.

Rogélio Cuéllar, el fotógrafo que recibe el homenaje de Periodismo Cultural Fernando Benítez de la FIL cambió, a pulso de intuición, un destino que lo colocaría quiza entre motores, como mecánico, o entre lijas y aserrín. “Igual hubiera sido el mejor carpintero”, dice.

La mañana es fría en este primer lunes de noviembre, la luz ceniza, pero Cuéllar trajina por su estudio en playera tipo polo y pantalones de mezclilla. El autor de mas de mil imágenes, entre ellas retratos de Rufino Tamayo, Jorge Luis Borges, Elena Poniatowska, Carlos Fuentes y Francisco Toledo no reposa. Prepara el café, busca algún libro, hurga entre sus miles de fotos, muestra una cámara o un folleto de su primera exposición a los 20 años en la Escuela Preparatoria de Salamanca. Se titulaba “La vuelta al mundo en 80 rollos”, con un texto que le dedicó Rodrigo Garibay.

Cuando al fin se sienta frente a una mesa redonda, pequeña, sin libros o carpetas fotográficas que la desborden como ocurre con el resto de los muebles -“si tuviera más también los llenaría”-, se acuerda del joven que fue, el que estudio en la Academia de San Carlos para convertirse en pintor.

¿Qué le diría cuarenta años después? ¡Ay!, que por qué no comenzó antes haciendo fotografía y que qué bueno que no creyó en el destino.

¿Por qué? -Por que la vida se forja de voluntades y apoyos.

¿Cuál era ese destino? -Es que yo no tuve ningún bagaje cultural familiar. Igual hubiera sido el mejor carpintero. Si hubiera sido mecánico lo mismo.

Por Yanireth Israde para Periódico Reforma


The Cisco Brothers Co.

Cisco Brothers available in SMA

In 1990, mexican born Cisco Pinedo started an upholstered furniture business that has grown to include seven stores as well as new collections with John Derian and Christophe Badarello. Cisco Brothers is part of LA’s long heritage of family firms that create bench-made upholstery and case goods, including A. Rudin and Elite Leather. When “Other manufacturers have gone overseas” Pinedo says, “but we employ the local economy”.

Cisco was also at the forefront of salvage materials trend that’s part of the often-imitated LA look, found in local stores such as Environment, Croft House,and Urban Hardwoods. Cisco Brothers is always a highlight at High Point Market, the large industrial-styled showroom in North Carolina with sustainable furniture that is both sophisticated and eco-conscious, making a name for themselves Cisco uses vintage materials which consist of a large range of hand-crafted furniture using natural materials such as wool batting, hemp, jute, cotton and certified and reclaimed hardwoods, creating environmentally friendly products that lower the carbon footprint with a strong unquestioning level of quality.

Using green materials and building methods, most of Cisco’s furniture is as healthy for you as it is for the planet. Each unique item is built with pride by local craftspeople at their headquarters in the heart of LA. Every piece, big or small, brings timeless style and beauty to your home.

Camille K: Creating jewelry from passementerie.

For over 25 years, the founder of Camille K Carla Labat has been exploring and establishing relationships with vendors in the Marché aux Puces in Paris to find fragments, beaded trims and rhinestone paste treasures that represent people, places and eras. She has been featured in numerous publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, Amica and Allure and has showrooms in California and New York.

Camille K’s Couture line is a costume jewelry collection created by hand from rare and exquisite 18th and 19th century vintage findings. Many elements have been sourced from Paris, and were originally made for the most celebrated maisons de couture. The attention to detail is ultimately what sets this line apart from all other costume jewelry lines because rarely do you find something truly one-of-a-kind that no one else has or will have. Each piece is made with rare textiles developed for Chanel when Coco began her career between the turn of the 19th century to the 1920s and 1930s. All these found at the Paris flea-market.

In her own words Labat says: “I have come to know the Paris Puces quite well after an early courtship and an enduring 27 year relationship. I am inspired beyond imagination with each visit – the ultimate in treasure hunting. These treasures travel home with me and become the jewels for Camille K Couture and the inspiration behind Camille K Collection. They carry stories and a history that makes them unique. Creating jewelry from passementerie labored over by skilled artisans from the past is my passion. To give them new lives is a way of honoring these artisans.”

The vintage-inspired collection captures the spirit of Camille K and is comprised of elements including maltese crosses, pyramid motifs, cuffs and bangles all cast in pewter and set with Swarovski crystals. Alternative materials contained in her pieces are Sterling silver, handmade clasps, paste rhinestones, -which are not produced these days anymore- and very rare to find antique high quality rock crystals from 18th century chandeliers. The combination of unique elements give a different vintage look that seems more authentic and intimate to wear by women and men.

Henry Horenstein Photographer

"... the first metaphor was animal." -John Berger

“… the first metaphor was animal.” -John Berger

This American artist that has been a photographer, a teacher and author since the early 1970s. Originally set to accomplish a PhD in history and embark on an academic career, the documentary work of photography greats Robert Frank and Brassai guided him to the camera. Author of over 30 books include monographs and some of the most widely used instructional texts in the field, his work has been collected by many institutions including the National Museum of American History. His teachers were legendary artists like Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Minor White, who taught him the value of traditional artistic concerns, such as good composition, interesting light and compelling subject matter. His diverse photographic career includes documentary work of various American sub-cultures, portraiture, abstraction, and landscape. Now a professor at RISD, Horenstein lives and works in Boston, MA.

In collaboration with Austin Center for Photography Horenstein created the collection “Animalia” a collection of intimate and intriguing portraits of sea and land creatures made between 1995 and 2001. Described as evocative, mysterious, romantic, surprising and weird. These pictures were taken in zoos and aquariums, not underwater or in the wild, and are worked with grainy, black-and-white films, printed in sepia, giving them and old school, timeless feel.

Henry Horenstein shoots with a balanced uniqueness, experimenting with view, angle, and perspective. Each photograph is different, yet with a similar underlying mood. His abstract images make the viewer see otherwise familiar animals in a new and different light.

Grandaughter of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala Behind International Jewelry Brand ‘Manjusha’

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala

San Francisco, CA Nearly ninety years ago, fame met fortune when Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala commissioned Cartier to turn his abundant cache of loose stones into a ceremonial necklace for his crown jewel collection. This necklace later came to be called the ‘Patiala Necklace,’ and is considered to be one of the most spectacular pieces of jewelry ever created. Completed in 1928, it contained 1000 carats in 2930 diamonds.

Jyotsna Singh, the gifted granddaughter of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, inherited her grandfather’s passion for jewelry, and today carries forth the royal legacy with her international brand of jewelry, Manjusha. Jyotsna’s fascination with jewelry started at an early age, as she was exposed to the magnificence of the royal family jewels. Drawing on her rich family heritage, Jyotsna blends generations of exquisite intricate design in materials that make them more wearable and affordable.

Jyotsna Singh, the gifted granddaughter.

Manjusha, which literally means ‘treasure chest of jewels,’ presents collections of unique fusion jewelry that combine the majesty of the old with the intensity of the new. Manjusha is inspired by the beauty of the royal Jadau designs, jewelry reminiscent of a bygone era of royal palaces and princely extravagance. Its versatile beauty is still relevant as it intertwines the classic in the hues of contemporary design. Manjusha is a unique and exciting collection of fusion jewelry, its classic art deco style complimented by intricately crafted oriental motifs using semi-precious stones set in gold-plated silver.

The Manjusha Spring Summer collection includes many statement pieces in a myriad of colors that capture the imagination, showcasing bold string combinations of aquamarine, citrine, rotile, amethyst, lapis, turquoise, carnelian and more. The collection also uses the soft colors of rose quartz, aventurine, green amethyst and pearls. Her inspiration this season came from the use of beautiful stones that carry strong vibrations to suit all energies.

Jyotsna prefers to work with semi-precious stones because of the variety of colors available to her. Using semi-precious stones also allows her to keep her pieces affordable. She has always been drawn to color, design and stones. Working with the stones is a spiritual experience for me.  I have been told that my pieces show the love and passion I have for what I do.”

Jyotsna showcases her jewelry internationally at private shows and at in-store trunk shows around the world. Her jewelry is appropriate for all occasions, and complements both Indian and Western attire, as well as all ages and lifestyles.

A collection of jewelry from Manjusha is now available for sale in Sollano 16 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and the museum store of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

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Fotografía de Rogelio Cuellar

Fotógrafo de la tradición fotográfica mexicana y seguidor de Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Tina Modotti y Nacho López. Se ha destacado por hacer un seguimiento histórico de la mayoría de los artistas que ha fotografiado como Diego Rivera, Siqueiros, Salvador Novo y Xavier Villaurrutia, por lo que su trabajo representa un referente obligado para reconstruir una de las épocas más importantes de la vida cultural en México.

En los últimos 30 años sus temas han abarcado desde el retrato fotográfico de los creadores contemporáneos de México y algunos otros países, como fotografía del “paisaje humano” en diferentes atmósferas y el desnudo principalmente, siendo su labor captar el proceso creativo de los artistas e intelectuales más destacados y difundir el arte a través de su obra.

Y en Sollano 16 tenemos algunas de sus obras en venta. ¡Asómate!

Working Greenups

¡En días pasados recibimos nuevamente la visita de nuestros magos decoradores! Me refiero a los Greenup, quienes bajo la dirección de Catherine Greenup, llegan a San Miguel como torbellinos: en poco menos de 5 días, sacan, mueven, desempolvan, pintan, renuevan y nos dejan una tienda renovada, fresca y con nueva energía para dejar más que satisfechos a nuestros clientes.

Y para muestra, un botón:


Greenup renewing our store

FROM DEC 29th TO JAN 4th, Catherine Greenup, our INSTORE MERCHANDISING EXPERTS friends, will be here renovating the interior of our store. Come closer and take advantage of its expertise, for the interior design of your home or business.

See you there.

Artículo en Estilo México, 2010

Aún cuando se alberga en una casona del siglo XVIII, inundada de la atmósfera de la época, la colección de artículos que ofrece Sollano 16 ve firmemente al futuro, de reojo pendiente del pasado. Su talento: nuevos artistas, estilos audaces y verdaderos tesoros.


Hay algunas cosas que nos gustan nuevas, sin embargo, antiguo es como el concepto de vino rojo obscuro, con textura aterciopelada que nos invita a pasar la tarde frente al fuego de un hogar a diferencia de frente a un televisor. Las antigüedades de Sollano 16 invocan desaparecidas haciendas, castillos sin discos satelitales y residencias de paso en un largo viaje sin que el sonar de un teléfono celular interrumpa la cena. Su pasatiempo es lograr que incluyas en tu vida moderna una probadita del pasado.


Siempre que tengamos la necesidad de dormir, sentarnos o comer, no tendremos más remedio que hacernos de mesas, sillones, recovecos y alacenas para amueblar el hogar. En Sollano 16 están convencidos que lo primordial debe ser esencialmente hermoso; por supuesto, que funcione de maravilla es también buena idea. Ahora, ya que el mobiliario ocupa gran parte de sus habitaciones, éste debe ser fabuloso para depositar la vista -y nuestra humanidad- en él.

Stylish in Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende

The fact that we live in an ever-increasingly flat world is especially—and painfully—clear when it comes to shopping for unique finds while traveling. Whether it’s H&M in Sicily, Prada in Guam or Louis Vuitton on Aruba, the list of the usual retail suspects popping up in the most far-flung places is constantly growing. And finding those unique destination-specific boutiques is increasingly difficult, which makes the discovery of a place like San Miguel de Allende’s Sollano 16 (, even more meaningful. The brainchild of Californian entrepreneur Anne Harte, the lifestyle boutique is located in a beautifully restored 18th-century colonial building, which serves as a soulful backdrop to Harte’s inspired collection. The boutique features a well-edited assembly of stylish finds from around the world (fashion, accessories, jewelry, wares for the home). Indagare spoke with Harte about her store and restaurant, as well as other favorites finds in San Miguel and beyond.

Can you share the story of the beginning of Sollano 16?

I had been in the art business in Mexico City and would go to San Miguel de Allende whenever possible. This gorgeous building on Sollano 16 suddenly became available for sale. I bought it on a whim, as the space was irresistible: two large courtyards with Moorish arches framed by jacaranda trees. I initially had no idea what to do with it and then slowly, over a period of five years, it evolved into a high- end home-lifestyle store.

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