On September 7 and 19 devastating earthquakes hit Central and South Mexico generating overwhelming levels of solidarity and self-organization. In this changing context, Mexico Design Week 2017 was sensibly postponed. The 9th edition kicked off in Mexico City responding to the theme of Socially Responsible Design. Here what we liked the most.
MATERIA’S PAVILION @ MUSEO TAMAYO
Mexico City-based studio Materia created a concrete pavilion in the gardens of Museo Tamayo. Two rows of white concrete columns disposed in an eye-shaped plan created an alcove where sunlight projected moving shadows to inspire contemplation and reflection. “The pavilion serves as a fragmenting filter of the surrounding gardens and the infinity of the sky,” said a statement from Design Week Mexico.
KYOTO OTA’S INHABITABLE HOUSES
At Museo Universitario del Chopo, Japanese-Mexican sculptor Kyoto Ota created three inhabitable houses. Each structure was designed to be disfunctional. Inspired by the artist’s parents’ home in Japan, Casa Vacía – Empty House – featured three fans integrated fans sucking the air and restricting breathing. Casa de Lluvia – Rain House – hosted a room with a roof designed to funnel rain inside. In Alice in Wonderland-inspired Casa de Alicia, stairs leading to a small window narrowed while the ceiling lowered and the walls enclosed, creating the illusion that the occupant has grown during the climb.
SWITZERLAND-MEXICAN ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
Switzerland was Mexico Design Week 2017 guest country. The 100 Years of Swiss Design exhibition explored the shared histories of both countries through design and architecture starting from the work of Swiss architect Hannes Meyer, who lived in Mexico from 1938 for a decade, after directing the Bauhaus School, and Uzyel Karp and Moisés Hernández, who both spent time in Switzerland before returning to their native Mexico. The exhibition is open until March 2018.
At Casa Wabi Foundation, Julie Richoz and Nicolas Le Moigne showcased a set of furniture and design objects made from intertwined palm wood developed in collaboration with two palm weaving workshops in Santa Catarina (Michoacán) in Oaxaca.
In Lincoln Park, students of Mexican architecture and design universities created public temporary installation dialoguing with the surrounding greenery and garden ponds. The installations ranged from hanging lamps to Instagram-friendly terracotta piers and kinetic wooden structures.