Curatorial Statement

Mexico is a country of diverse, ancient traditions with a storied cultural past to say the very least. With such a strong and longstanding cultural heritage and focus on artisanal, handmade techniques, honoring these traditions without being repetitive; still pushing a contemporary aesthetic without losing this connection is a very thin line to walk, yet somehow these designers deliver it all. In a world of globalization at risk of nurturing a growing monoculture rather than celebrating what makes each of us unique and different, maintaining these distinct, authentic and local cultural voices becomes ever more important.

A collection of designers and studios rescuing time-honored traditional craft techniques, and materials for the world of contemporary design, solidifying and reaffirming their country’s distinct and compelling cultural voice.

Ana Elena Mallet & Pilar Obeso