Taking place from October 3-27, the 11th annual Design Week Mexico features Cuba and Yucatan as this year’s respective guest country and guest state. The 2019 installment includes more than 15 exhibitions, installations, conferences, conversations, documentary screenings, and pavilions.
Additionally, México Territorio Creativo was launched this year as a platform to analyze design’s connection with the environment, education, innovation, culture, and the economy. Founded by Emilio Cabrero, Andrea Cesarman, Marco Coello and Jaime Hernández, the organization is now in charge of Design Week Mexico. As Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum says, “Creativity and knowledge will lead us towards a more sustainable city, with better mobility, and more equality and human rights.” Here are our top 10 highlights from Design Week Mexico 2019.
Mondrian Chair by Luis Antonio Ramírez Jiménez
This piece is part of a show organized by the Museo de Arte Moderno (on view until March 2020). “Cuba: La Singularidad del Diseño” deals with the design and architecture that emerged during the Cuban Revolution in 1959.
Entryway by C Cúbica Arquitectos for Design House
Every year, through Design House (on view until October 27), architects and interior designers transform a whole building into a sample of different styles and trends. Among the participants in 2019 are C Cúbica Arquitectos (who created the entryway), Jorge Mustri, MarqCo, Olga Hanono, Studio Roca, and Vieyra Arquitectos.
Origo Lamps by Studio DavidPompa
Made from volcanic rock, the floor lamp and small table lamp from the Origo collection are presented in a shipping container, creating an immersive experience for visitors. A strong contrast between the roughness of the stone and the soft light characterize these lighting fixtures.
Visión y tradición by communities in Taxco, Mexico
Thanks to a residency program in Yucatan and Taxco—a city known for its fine silver handwork—artisans and designers from Cuba and Yucatan collaborated to create unique pieces, which establish a dialogue between crafts and contemporary design.
Ato Sofa designed by Jorge Arturo Ibarra for Luteca
Inspired by Josef Albers’ 1930’s photographs of the pyramids of Tenayuca, Mexico, the Ato sofa designed by Jorge Arturo Ibarra, Luteca’s design director, pays tribute to the pre-Columbian architecture.
Thaw by Mool
Founded by Emmanuel Aguilar and Edgar Tapia in 2016, Mool evoked the effects of climate change through patterns that represent small ice islands in a vast ocean with this functional piece of furniture.
Visión y tradición by communities in Merida, Mexico
Through this Yucatan residency program, artists and designers used materials such as henequen, macramé, and stone to these create pieces showcased through October 27 in the Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City.
Lamp by MOB
With Ruta del Diseño, visitors were invited to discover some of the city’s best showrooms, galleries and studios. Founded in 2001, MOB focuses on pieces that transform through time.
Secreto desk by Pèrch
Inspired by the simplicity of Scandinavian design, this new piece of furniture features clean lines and hidden drawers on each side to protect sentimental items. The wood comes from sustainable and local providers.
Olho by students Rocío Callado Canteli, Luis Enrique Rosas and Natalia Hernández with professor Alejandra Cordero
Designed by students from the Universidad Iberoamericana, this utilitarian object—which was one of the winners for the Inédito section—reinterprets the preparation of food. It is part of a seven-piece collection designed with natural materials including stone, wood, and clay.