Leo Soto Reinvents the ClassicsJul 1, 2014
Leo Soto is regrouping from a weekend in Chicago with friends. Wearing a blue linen suit, crisp white shirt, and suede driving loafers, he's about to head out the door for coffee at Amélie's Petite bakery on South Tryon Street, a quick walk from his uptown condo.
Here, he gives us a glimpse of his stylish home.
Art // This metal sculpture by Charlotte artist Randy Chapman was a gift following the 2013 Ulysses Festival, "Brave New Worlds: Technology & Art," in which Soto was the featured musician in a Charlotte Symphony concert conducted by Jacomo Bairos. "That's supposed to be me on the drums," Soto says with a grin.
Skyline // The marble coasters--a Christmas gift from a colleague--are from Paper Skyscraper in Dilworth. The Charlotte skyline art was a collaboration between co-owner Ron Wootten and a Rhode Island manufacturer. "I told them a little about what we wanted," Wootten says, "and they commissioned the artwork for us."
Tennis // An avid tennis player, Soto has a stash of Babolat rackets--the French company invented natural gut strings in the 19th century. Soto takes his rackets to Tour Tennis, a shop on Piedmont Row Drive, whenever he needs them to be restrung.
The Chaise // The "Slinky" chaise lounge from By Design makes a double appearance: one in black and one in white. The neutral color scheme is simple, continued by the black, glass-topped drum table, a birthday gift from a friend.
Article at Charlotte Magazine