The new 902: all about this warehouse-chic opening in Medellin

Concept stores, disruptive formats, retail experiences: with the world growing evermore digital, brick and mortar stores have been forced to create experiences with a bit of added value. Luckily, Medellin concept store owner Claudia Correa has always been a bit averse to the traditional. Her design store, 902 Showroom, was founded ten years ago on the idea that people appreciate a little extra, and an alternative to the same old malls shop goes a long way.

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Experience an indoor-outdoor moment at Bogota’s latest bakery spot, Masa

Bogota’s newest and slickest bakery setting is courtesy of soup-and-sandwich emporium Masa, with its brand new spot in the city’s traditionally residential neighborhood of Usaquén. The new Masa, a Bogotá establishment aptly named after the Spanish word meaning dough, opened its doors in September with an airy, 7500-square-foot open-plan restaurant featuring a café, a bakery, a dining room, a retail space, and a patio.

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Blurring the line between art and design: MASA Gallery

Mexico City-based MASA gallery walks the blurry line between art and design. Launched in February by Hector Esrawe, curator Agé Salajõe, OMR gallery co-founder Cristobal Riestra, and designer Brian Thoreen, the nomadic design, art and architecture gallery features 15 of the city’s top artists and designers, and aims to challenge convention to present Mexico’s contemporary design scene on a global platform, and in unexpected, evolving settings throughout the capital.

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Concept Stores Part 5: Cartagena, Colombia

Our series on concept stores selling Latin American goods continues today in Cartagena, Colombia, the vacation capital and coastal gem of the country. While they say the best time to visit is usually Christmas or New Year’s, Cartagena enjoys relatively cooler weather until about April, which means there’s still time to make it your next travel destination. And if you’re wondering what the shopping scene for local goods is like, here are our top three spots for discovering Colombian design in all its diversity.

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Design in 2019: A Q&A with the director of Medellín Design Week

Colombian designer David del Valle is a visionary within the world of Latin American design. With his international and simultaneously Colombian perspective, del Valle has managed to represent the country in the most important design fairs in the world, returning to his home country with lessons he manages to inject into a variety of initiatives and projects. We sat down with the creator of Tu Taller Design studio and the Medellin Design Week fair, to talk about what 2018 taught him and what he’s looking forward to in 2019.

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The American Design Hot List: Sight Unseen x Moda Operandi

At kriteria we are dedicated to covering what’s happening in Latin America… but when our favorite New York-based design blog, Sight Unseen, announced their trunk show with major e-commerce platform Moda Operandi, featuring past and current winners of their American Design Hot List (Sight Unseen’s annual editorial award for the 20 names to know in American design), we knew we had to cover it.

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Six N. Five creates a surreal universe with its latest concept, Holo-Scandinavian

The slick new concept behind Barcelona studio Six N. Five’s latest collection combines mid-century Scandinavian design with the futuristic feel of holographic furniture. Repurposing the clean lines, organic curves and minimalism of the celebrated Scandinavian style, the collection dubbed ‘Holo-Scandinavian’ takes this design aesthetic into a surreal universe of the far future or distant past— we can’t be quite sure.

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Net-A-Porter's Colombian Collective brings together a cache of exclusive designs

Just this month, Net-A-Porter launched The Colombian Collective, a curation of brands and exclusive capsule collections from designers tied to this South American country’s flourishing design scene. Participating labels include Johanna Ortiz, Silvia Tcherassi, Esteban Cortazar, Carolina Santo Domingo, Castaner x Mercedes Salazar, Mallarino, Bibi Marini, Verdelimón, Verdi, Muzungu Sisters, Hunting Season, Magnetic Midnight and Lazy Poet.

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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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