Mexico Design Week: 6 emerging designers of 2017 edition

A selection of six Mexican designers that mesh traditional crafts with urban style, experimenting with volcanic stone and concrete.


img.0 Ambra lamps by davidpompa – Photo by davidpompa.

From ancient villages to contemporary metropolises, Mexican urbanscapes are mostly casted in volcanic stone and concrete. That’s why these 6 emerging Mexican designers innovate and experiment with colour and contemporary shapes reviving traditional craftsmanship as well.

C37 + Galería Mexicana de Diseño

img.1 Photo by C37 + Galería Mexicana de Mexico.

C37 developed MAGMA 04® a lava stone-inspired semi-liquid innovative material which can be casted and moulded by craftsmen. The studio teamed with the platform Galería Mexicana de Diseño to create a collection of vessels with organic shapes. The vases are also available in natural delicate colours ranging from lavender, to aquamarine, terracotta and mint.


img.2 Photo by davidpompa.

davidpompa launched a series of new lamps made from Cantera Rosa, a pink-hued volcanic stone broadly used in Mexican architecture since the pre-hispanic times. The collection includes table lamps and wall lamps combining cylindrical stone parts with brass details.

Ad Hoc + Guilherme Wentz

img.3 Photo by Ad Hoc + Guillerme Wentz.

Mexican studio Ad Hoc teamed with with Brazilian designer Guilherme Wentz to create a series of elliptical standing mirrors. The designs feature metal rounded shelves and smooth-shaped concrete bases in light pink and mid gray hues.

DUCO Studio

img.4 Concreta table by DUCO Studio – Photo by Jeronìmo Villar.
img.5 Petra vessels by DUCO Studio – Photo by Jeronìmo Villar

Duco studio created a set of vessels made of volcanic stone and a table with a concrete smooth circular top wrapped and held by a linear metal structure. “The designs respond to stone-craft traditions” explain at Duco.


img.6 Photo by Aires.

Mexico City-based studio Ayres created a collection of lava rock-shaped cylindrical pots of various heights and widths. The series was inspired by local crafts and merges traditional techniques with the concrete urbanscape.

Estudio äCo and Fernando González

img.7 Photo by Estudio äCo.

Estudio äCo and Fernando González developed an easily reproducible system of radiators for isolated communities with low resources. A bell-shaped top traps heat thanks to separate layers of ceramic which create an air-cushion. Under the dome a concrete base holds an electric coil or, more simply, a burner with heat-conducing metals.


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