An exhibition showcasing designs by French designers and Mexican artisans in addition to a retrospective on native studio EWE’s work had been on present throughout Mexico Metropolis’s annual design competition.
With official programming in addition to exhibitions at satellite tv for pc galleries, shops and workshops, Design Week Mexico showcased the most effective furnishings and decor design from throughout Mexico and the world for its fifteenth 12 months.
The competition relies round a seamless set of programming organised by the leaders of the competition, Andrea Caesarman, Emilio Cabrero and Marco Coello, long-time pals and founders of native studio C Cubica Arquitectos.
The studio 12 months kicked off this 12 months’s occasions, which run for various occasions however are targeted in early November, at its newly opened workplace block and gallery within the San Miguel Chapultepec neighbourhood.
This 12 months’s competition noticed the continuation of the core exhibitions, with many different galleries and workshops throughout town hitching their wagons to the festivities.
The core exhibitions included a yearly furnishings design showcase known as Inédito in addition to Design Home, the much-lauded occasion the place 20 native makers companion with massive manufacturers to utterly construct out the interiors of a house in only one month’s time.
Different galleries, comparable to Mexico Metropolis stalwart EWE and the electrical Orginario opened up their places for showcases.
A lot of the work highlighted the robust relationship between designers and craftspeople working with native supplies like wooden in stone.
“It is thrilling to expertise a design tradition that is exploring modern concepts and approaches whereas from a deep custom of artisanship and craft,” New York-based designer Joseph Vidich, who was visiting the honest, instructed Dezeen.
“The outcomes of that are wealthy investigations of type and materials by means of the exact and novel use of conventional strategies.”
Whereas the programming showcased the aesthetics of the nation, talks comparable to a dialog between mental designers facilitated by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat of Manhattan’s ICFF/Needed Design competition additionally came about.
“Having the chance to fulfill many nice skills from totally different international locations makes the world really feel smaller,” mentioned Guatemalan designer Esteban Paredes, who took half within the speak.
“It undoubtedly opens a window to create fascinating relationships and collaborations between designers from Latin America and the remainder of the world.”
Learn on for Dezeen’s picks of this 12 months’s finest exhibitions.
Design Home by Design Week Mexico
This yearly showcase noticed the transformation of an ageing house within the hilly, mansion-lined neighbourhood of Lomas right into a multi-faceted design showcase. Not solely had been the interiors utterly reworked within the types of the person groups, however the exteriors had been too, with a sculptural terrace by Temper Estudio.
Different standouts within the three-storey house included a store with vivid colors and central shelving by native studio De la Cerda Estudio, a tranquil, wood-and-stoned line space by Guadalajara outfit Estudio Claudina Flores and Arizona gallery Covarrubias Assortment, in addition to a spa-inspired room by Espacio Tangible.
Effectively-established outfits like Moltenic&C and Breuer Studio had been among the many firms that introduced the imaginative and prescient of the house to life.
Los Acompañantes by Mughal and Rocca Luis César
Mexican designer Andrés Gutierrez hosted an exhibition at his store Originario within the metropolis’s Roma neighbourhood. Referred to as Los Acompañantes, it foregrounded a collaboration between Mexican artist Rocca Luis César and rug firm Mughal.
The sequence of geometric rugs had been positioned on the partitions and flooring of the two-storey house and everything of the gallery was painted in shades of blues and oranges to mirror the textile’s dominant color schemes.
Gutierrez additionally hand-picked a number of design objects and crafts to accompany the exhibition because it weaves by means of the areas of the gallery.
Inédito by Design Week Mexico
The week’s yearly showcase of Mexican furnishings and decor stuffed the corridor of a contemporary construction known as Espacio CDMX in Chapultepec Park. A number of rising and established designers had been positioned alongside revolutionary tasks from college students from native colleges.
Work from French designers such because the sinuous bamboo furnishings of Aurelie Hoegy and the waste material brick of FabBRICK had been included, highlighting 2023’s collaboration with that nation.
The furnishings included by contributors encapsulated a variety of supplies, from stone to materials, metals and plastics, displaying the variety of types and processes at play.
Transformación Comunitaria by Andrea Soler and Taina Campos
A part of the Diseña Colectiva sequence, Transformación Comunitaria was an exhibition hosted at Laguna, a textile manufacturing facility within the metropolis’s Doctores neighbourhood transformed into an arts and group house. The exhibition, which was accompanied by a sequence of workshops, positioned the work of ladies designers subsequent to paintings by “dissident” practices.
Curated by native designers Andrea Soler and Taina Campos, the works stuffed the cavernous house. Included among the many objects was a maximalist cabinet by native design studio Comité de Proyectos and a woven picket chair by Perla Castañon. An set up of graphic design highlighting points ladies’s and LGBTQ+ points was included.
Within the house’s courtyard, gridded dividers had been was a group ballot the place guests might vote on what they wish to see of their group – for instance, clear streets or public house – with multi-coloured clothespins arrayed in a grid.
Retrospective by EWE
Based by Age Salajõe, and designers Manuel Bañó and Héctor Esrawe, EWE has been a powerhouse on the Mexico Metropolis design scene since 2017. Throughout this 12 months’s design week, the studio opened up its Roma location for a retrospective that seemed on the processes and iterations of the studio’s design objects.
EWE’s dedication to artisanal processes could be seen in its monumental stone varieties, its blown glass lamps in addition to in a sequence of milking stools.
The stools, primarily based on a standard design, adopted a wide range of iterations, from wooden to solid objects and even the moulds from previous collections had been showcased, highlighting the processual, but revolutionary, nature of the work.
Visión and Tradducion by Design Week Mexico and Mobilier Nationwide
Design Week Mexico partnered with the French Institute and France’s furnishings affiliation Mobilier Nationwide to host an exhibition highlighting an initiative that paired French and Mexican designers with craftspeople from the Mexican state of Queretaro. The end result was a sequence of objects that mixed conventional strategies with modern design language.
Situated on a pedestal within the entry constructing of town’s Museum of Anthropology, the exhibition celebrated the collaborations, which had been organized on tables and surrounded by documentation of the collaborations.
Standouts from the exhibition had been a wood-and-glass espresso desk created by French designer Sammy Bernoussi with Mexican artisan Uriel López López in addition to a large wicker sculpture created by Mexican designer Sebastián Ángeles and artisan Martín Cruz González.
Bernoussi instructed Dezeen that he used Google translate to speak with López to plan the work after having meals with the artisan to grasp the eating traditions of the area.
Bomboti by MYT+GLVDK
Mexican structure studio MYT+GLVDK showcased an exhibition at its freshly opened idea retailer within the Polanco neighbourhood, Bomboti. Drawing from lots of of design and artwork objects used all through the structure studio’s work, the exhibition included graphics explaining the work.
Each house within the two-storey gallery was crammed with artwork and design objects, from the stone sculptures of native designer Rebeca Cors to the glasswork and ceramics of Perla Valtiera.
Extra conceptual design was additionally proven alongside the handcrafted, comparable to upcycled plastic objects from native studio Bolsón.
Designo Contenido by Design Week Mexico
Situated at Parque Lincoln within the metropolis’s Polanco neighbourhood, Design Contenido noticed dozens of studios and galleries fill transport containers with work, making a pop-up design house. Every studio had a single transport container and solely had just a few hours to arrange, putting objects, info and installations throughout the slender areas.
Works on present ranged from the wicker design objects of the native studio Hiato to the brutalist furnishings of Mesawa. By far probably the most intensive set up was arrange by lighting designer David Pompa’s studio.
Showcasing a set impressed by volcanic stone, the studio’s container featured a slender entrance the place guests might stroll in and examine the lights arrayed round mounds of rock.
Fall Group Present by Angulo Cero
Design gallery Angulo Cero opened up its newly opened location in a home within the metropolis’s Lomas neighbourhood. The exhibition noticed a wide range of works from native design studios comparable to Abel Zavala and ADHOC.
The works had been arrayed in a white-walled house, unfold all through the primary two storeys of the gallery. Rugs by Balmaceda Studio had been organized in lots of the areas, because the design studio shares the house as its workplace. Additionally included within the exhibition had been works by artists Daniel Berman and Jesús Pedraglio.
Té Ahorita by Su Wu and Bettina Kiehnle
At Salon Rosetta, above the famend Rosetta restaurant in Roma, curators Su Wu and Bettina Kiehnle chosen greater than 100 tableware objects from Mexican designers. Based mostly on an exhibition curated earlier within the 12 months by Wu at Studio IMA, the exhibition targeted on eating rituals and using objects in them.
Working with Rosetta chef Elena Reygadas, the curators organized the objects by designers comparable to Maxine Álvarez and Patricio Campillo on modern furnishings. The exhibition included a each day tea service in addition to a store the place guests should buy objects.
Design Week Mexico is on from 10 October to 4 November 2023. For extra occasions, talks and installations in structure and design, go to the Dezeen Occasions Information.