Commune Design, Will You Marry Me?

Inspiration comes from everywhere, right? Well for me, inspiration strikes hard each and every single time my eyes fall upon a Commune design.

Two months before we moved away from Casco Viejo, The American Trade Hotel finally opened. I had the luck and opportunity to cruise through the skeleton of the hotel, sawdust flying, hard hat on, months before it was finished. Even then I could see how incredible the space was going to become, but nothing prepared me for what it actually is today. To me, The American Trade Hotel is a masterpiece of interior design, a brilliant balance of texture, of light, of color and of space. It is turn of the century, humid, tropical Panama meets mid-century modern, functional, eclectic. It’s a calculated and spacious cohesion of tile, glass, marble, brass, fabric, wood and leather. It echoes class and eloquence while rubbing elbows with hip and artistic.







The American Trade Hotel introduced me to Commune Design. I have since fallen head-over-heels in love with everything that Commune puts out, commercial and residential.

“With a staff of interior designers, architects and graphic designers using a collaborative mindset, we (Commune Design) assemble the best team for each job and maintain integrity in every project we do.”

Sometimes when I’m looking at their work (usually online) I almost feel a wince of pain. Is that weird? I mean, I look at their work and I want to get up and DO something – like go out and design things. I actually have a visceral response to the way they put things together, how they utilize natural light in all of their spaces, how unafraid they are to be bold with color, how they balance the weight of textures in a room, how they find a way to pair textiles and fabrics so effortlessly, oh man, I could go on forever. So, instead, I’m just going to let these photos (borrowed directly from the Commune Design website) do the talking. You can click the image in my post to enlarge for more detail!

Commune Design, will you marry me?















  4 comments for “Commune Design, Will You Marry Me?

  1. moye Caroline
    November 21, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Yes Molly,
    I totally see you marrying commune design
    You have such inspirations…

    Love to you

    • Molly Berry
      November 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

      It is so fun to share my inspirations with others. Somehow it makes them feel that much more real. I know that you understand what I mean:) Missing you!

  2. Maria Kovacs
    November 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Wowzers, that hotel looks amazing. Let’s plan a trip and go stay there, what do ya say? Maybe two summers from now?

    I totally know how you feel about feeling a wince of pain when you see something you totally love. For me, I describe it as a burst of nerves somewhere shooting through my body. We are artists at heart sweets, that’s the explanation my closest friend told me many years ago. I personally am still trying to find how to best let that ball of nerves fly…love you…

    • Molly Berry
      November 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I will go back to Casco and stay at ATH anytime you ever want to, so count me in! In the meantime, you and I have to put our arty little heads together while you’re here next month and come up with creative game plans. I think part of the issue is that we both have balls of nerves to let fly and so many creative ideas, but there’s always the business development that comes into play. Also, I think having people around us that encourage us to keep going and hone that energy is so important. So I will be here to do that for you. xx

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