To celebrate the start of Design Week, several celebrated architects hailing from Mexico City have teamed up to showcase the best of their modern, local design, transforming a dilapidated 1940s villa into a mecca of Mexican imagination.
HEKKTA takes a deeper look behind the scenes at Design Week Mexico.
Over 20 different local artists, architects and designers lent their hand to the creation of Design House, and boy does it show. An explosion of colour, style and also ancient Mexican tradition, it is certainly an eye into the modern Mexican design.
The whole project was organised México Territorio Creativo (MXTC), choosing the designers for each aspect of the house,
“Professionals in architecture, design and interior design are divided between the building’s spaces to turn them into a sample of different styles and trends, as well as a dialogue for creative cohabitation among firms”
Beginning the tour, the central space was overhauled by C Cúbica Arquitectos, who fittingly also founded the Mexico Design Festival. Incorporating a large marble pit with a large light hovering above, the room sets the tone for the rest of the house.
Moving onto the kitchen, Lorena Vieyra of Vieyra Arquitectos created a beautiful space with large windows spanning the walls featuring several designs by Italian brand Cassina.
Moving up a floor reveals the beautiful bathroom, which serves as a firm nod to both Mexican heritage and traditional modernist archicture, featuring a oval, marble sink in the centre of the room, with walls made of an ancient stucco from the Mayans, called chukum.
Conpleted by Lucía and Andrea of Comité de Proyectos.
One room showcases the wacky but wonderful chandeliers by Studio Panebianco with Studio KAST and Thierry Jeannot, next to a room containing a gin lab, inspired by the Lost Generation of American writers who lived in Paris in the 1920s.
“It seeks to create a sensory experience for visitors, where the senses guide you through the aromas of the botanists, music, and the game of finishes, colours and textures taking them to a warm, calm and relaxed environment,”
– Gin Lab designer – Raúl de la Cerda Studio
One of the stand out spaces within Design House is the rooftop patio on the top floor, filled with beautiful furnishings, artwork and outdoor couches. The dining areas and the two bars were designed by VA Studio, Legorreta and Alonso Arquitectos.
This room beautiful showcases modern Mexican architecture and design today, incorporating wooden features with newer materials and stylish application.
Other designers who featured in the house include Aplenosol, Ducolab, Anuar Layón, Foam, Grid, Luis Ramírez, Rhyzoma, Studioroca, Taller Maya, Uribekrayer, VFO Arquitectos and VGZ Arquitectura.
Aswell as Design House, several other projects and trends have emerged including the trend for dark furniture, with several examples displayed by various designers including Mexico City-based Davidpompa, Joel Rojas and Hectare Esrawe.
The most notable of these being the exhibition from design collective EWE Studio, in which they displayed a series of the collective’s products, material studies and processes within a 17th-century coin factory, with smokey black walls and dark surroundings to create a very eery feel.
Modernism is another trend that has run throughout Design Week Mexico, with the Second Life exhibition occurring at the Casa Möbius, the studio and home of the late modernist architect Ernesto Gómez Gallardo.
The classically modernist style building provided an amazing setting to showcase contemporary pieces by Mexican artists, architects and designer, which sat side by side Gallardo’s own possessions and pieces by his colleagues and fellow modernists.
A number of rooms, such as his workspace, displayed the architect’s life untouched.
Second Life / Casa Möbius @ Design Week Mexico