10 names worth remembering from Design Miami/ 2018

Miami Art Week is known for bringing together the art community’s biggest buyers, gallerists, and some of the world’s heftiest price tags. But just a few steps from the 1.4 million-square-foot Art Basel Miami Beach, art enthusiasts can wander over to Design Miami, a smaller gathering of design connoisseurs featuring collectible design galleries and meticulously crafted exhibitions.

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David Pompa, a designer that celebrates Mexican materials

Mexico City-based design studio David Pompa is known for creating unique designs using honest materials that celebrate the essence and craftsmanship of Mexico. The studio’s latest lighting design, Meta, launched during this year’s Design Week Mexico, comprises a volcanic rock normally used for molcajetes, the Mexican version of the mortar and pestle which is used to make foods such as guacamole.

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Mura table by Bandido Studio

Sculpted in the traditional method developed by Mexican stone artisans, the stark black color and teardrop-shaped base of the Mura table by Bandido Studio make it a strong visual element in any room. Designers Alejandro Campos and Joel Rojas were inspired by visits to Tecali de Herrera, a municipality nearby the studio’s base in Puebla that is known for its marble artisanship. According to the studio, Tecali comes from the Náhuatl word tecalli, meaning stone house.

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Color blocking 101: an architecture tour of Luis Barragán’s Mexico City

For the architecture world, Mexico’s Luis Barragán is known as one of the first recipients of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, an honor bestowed annually to the most remarkable architects in the world. For Mexico, Barragán is the creator of a purely local art form that incorporates traditionally popular materials into modern design, untainted by pre-Hispanic or colonial influence. And for the rest of us aesthetes, the architect’s color blocking and playful modernism is reason enough to make Mexico City our latest “it” destination.

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Vidivixi’s latest collection marks the studio’s rebirth in Mexico City

The duo behind Mexico City-based Vidivixi, Mark Grattan and Adam Caplowe, launched their latest furniture collection in a 19th century mansion in the city’s Roma Norte neighborhood. The centerpiece of the AW18 Collection, which marks the studio’s phoenix in Mexico City, is the Docked en Río bed, featuring a tufted cotton frame wrapped around an elegantly folded base inspired by traditional Japanese furniture, tropical Modernism and art deco.

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Lighting Collection by Acoocooro

For the creation of its first lighting collection, Mexican studio acoocooro was inspired by ancient, fanciful locations, distant memories and emotional experiences. Each of their unique pieces were designed to tell a story, stimulating feelings of nostalgia and expanding the imagination while providing a richness of materials and textures that exteriorize an otherwise whimsical design.

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