Exhibition Mexico Design Time. 100 Mexican objects of cutting edge mexican designers. 150 book publications.

In this yet biggest and most far-reaching assembly of Mexican product design and design-art presented in London, visitors had the opportunity to experience highly original, sensitive, qualitative, precious, luxurious as well as utterly humble Mexican design with a social impact.
The exhibition uncovered diverse talent and protagonists in the creative design culture existing in Mexico. Through the work of around 30 staggering, established and emerging designers, craftsmen & brands of Mexico’s design scene, we observed the richness and opportunities this country purveys. The vast array of traditions, materials, skills, workshops and artisans in place offers creatives an exciting terrain of possibilities to work and live in.

A media section revealed eclectic insights into editorial design, via 200 recent book publications, local design magazines, video and imagery.

Mexican designers are proud about their history, tradition, heritage and craft culture. As such many projects are based on deep artisan-designer collaborations and spur social change and betterment. These collaborations are crucial to preserve valuable and often rare artisan skills and workshops to avoid their extinction. The creative culture in Mexico is a catalyst for social integration and sustainable design thinking and propels designers to supreme outcomes.

The exhibition sheds light on this part of the world and its talent that have not received sufficient exposure in the UK and Europe.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS & more details of contents:

OBSIDIAN project:

By Anáhuac university and artisans from Hidalgo state


Anáhuac University (México City) under the curatorship of Ricardo Salas and Adrian Rosado, has teamed up with artisans of the state of Hidalgo to create a series of functional objects in black, gold sheen Obsidian (volcanic stone / volcanic glass). The project’s aim is to spur collaborations between designers and artisan communities to give this magic material more varied usages.

(more detailed information see below)


presented by Centro university


This exhibition, shown in Mexico City in 2017 and curated by Uzyel Karp and Ricardo Lozano
reflects on the relational dynamics generated by the craft of making books. It visualises the rhythms articulated by the designer around contents, formats, and materials. It presents a great diversity of ways to approach, settle, and bring to life a printed book. The content of the exhibition started from an invitation made to designers and publishers valuing design, to select their most representative and relevant body of work. This set of books tells the editorial history of the beginning of the XXI Century in México. The thorough participation, and therefore the richness of the books’ catalogue, is not trivial. It denotes the collective desires of a guild to integrate a show that accounts for our way to do what we do, and how from different generations, we have transformed ourselves together through this editorial course.
We display here a selection of 200 books from the original exhibition that was composed of 600 books

These exhibitions in Mexico and London have been made possible thanks to CENTRO.
A big thank you also to publishers Arquine and Travesías Media that provided books for the show and beyond.


A set of rings, conveyed as sculptural jewellery, in glass, silver, steel and jade. Jorge Yázpik is a renowned mexican artist working in large and small scale sculpture using various precios and semi-precious stones, such as Jade, Obsidian, Onyx, marble, just to name a few. He incorporates a strong architectural design language within his oevre. The glass pieces are crafted in direct carving with an artisan and glass by Nouvel studio.



Julio Martínez is a stone sculptor working precious and semiprecious stones. His oevre entails not only sculpture, but also furniture in special wood and stone combinations, jewellery and tableware and cooking devices in basaltic Stone.

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JEWELLERY – Brooches: ‘Mirrors’ by Martacarmela Sotelo, 2018

Set of 5 brooches: blackened silver and a piece of a discarded phone-screen

People used to think that they could find answers of the past and future peeking through the mirrors. We spend most of our day staring at the phone screen. Our phones have become precious. The artist is conveying this message in using discarded phone-screens encapsulated gem-like in a silver jewellery piece.

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Luisa Restrepo is a glass artist and designer born in Colombia now working in México. After concluding her studies in Medellin and later in Wolverhampton, England; in 2005 she founded her studio, “El taller” in México City. Her work examines rhythm, pattern, proportion and excess.



Founded by Laura and Gabriela Noriega in Jalisco, Mexico in 2013, tributo is a multidisciplinary design company merging the work of contemporary designers and traditional producers through the appreciation of cultural heritage and local artisanship.

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TECNOLITICO vases, designed by José Manuel López Berroeta and Benjamín Espinoza Díaz, following the creative direction of Carmen Cordera in collaboration with C37 Material Development. ‘Magma’ is a new material, with a semi-liquid formula that improves the emblematic BASALT Stone in appearance, color and texture. It is 23% lighter that the origianl stone.

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Handcrafted felt tapestry by designer Elissa Medina. The pieces are bespoke and stitched together by hand, pixel like through hundreds of small felt hexagons. The shape and design refers to the famous mexican Huichol artworks.



Margarita Cantu is a textile designer living and working in San Cristóbal, Chiapas. She frequently uses recycled materials and trash to create her pieces. All works are realised with local workshops and artisans.



In his prolific work Pedro Cerisola combines advanced technology with highly skilled craftmanship. His objects are created researching the beauty of geometric constructive principles found in nature and how these systems can be applied to the design and fabrication of modular structures.



Feltum is a company run by the two architects Pepa Mendoza and Michael Fischer. They create innovative felt products, bags and rugs, as well as felt panels for architectural interior applications that encance indoor climate and benefit to lower noise levels.


México City, Moises’ hometown, being chaotic and over-­‐populated, influences his work, as well as Mexican vernacular objects, traditions, textures, social contrasts and the chromatic diversity. His palm baskets are made in the traditional technique by artisans while adding metallic cellulose foils.



The region of Oaxaca is famous for its various forms of clay. Indigenous communities have been working with this material for generations, but many pottery villages are in danger of extinction. 1050 Grados are an ambitious designer collective that has been working with groups of artisans for more than a decade. Together they developed new applications, typologies and created demand. Through this initiative a range of villages are now thriving again with life with it’s pottery tradition kept safe.



Ariel Rojo is a designer dedicated to enhance the quality of life through design solutions. Conscience, responsibility and humor are the key ingredients of Rojo’s design philosophy. With every work, Rojo questions the way it will be perceived and provokes a smile or a moment for reflection with the user. Here the sugar dispenser: ‘Dulce Muerte’, sweet death.



Agustin is an emerging designer full of passion for what planet earth provides us with, respecting and preserving it through various of his projects. His designs reference ancient Mexcio as well as traditional mexican life.



Gala created her ‘Caro Ettore’ sculpture (Onyx and Marble) series in México, Puebla, with the artisan Miguel Angel Loeza from from Tecali de Herrera. Puebla is famous for its stone queries and Stone manufacturing.



Jeannot’s chandeliers are crafted of hundreds of waste PET bottles collected with the support of underprivileged trash pickers. We will also show videos of his integrative work and the process of enriching the lives of people from the street.



Uzyel Karp
Silvino Lópeztovar
Ricardo Salas


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Innovating tradition through Obsidian

On show will be around 35 functional objects in Black Gold Sheen Obsidian by students, graduates and designers from Anáhuac university (Mexico City) and crafted by skilled artisans from the state of Hidalgo.
The cultural diversity present in the Mexican state of Hidalgo is manifested tangibly through its handicraft production and unique designs. Craftsmanship and design are living examples of people with values and skills capable of combining a wide variety of expressions and feelings from their place of origin through their craft.
“The Tradition of Innovating through Popular Art” is a program of the School of Design and the government of Hidalgo, in which students propose design concepts to revitalise the crafts and develop new products that generate a creative wealth that benefits the artisanal communities of that state.
The proposals that constitute this first stage of the program and make up the collection are projects of students, graduates and teachers made in golden obsidian, originally from the municipality of Epazoyucan, and made by hands of artisans from Pañhé, Tecozautla. During the design process, the students of the first group worked six months under the guidance of the Mexican designer Silvino Lópeztovar, and the second group worked under the direction of the UK curator Marion Friedmann. The process ranged from gathering knowledge about materials and the craft production, visits for students and teachers to the workshops of the artisans, the conceptualisation of new ideas, development of those and the formal production in the craft workshops over the course of six months.
The Obsidian is a volcanic glass stone with a hardness of 5 to 5,5. It has been used in ancient Mexico to make knives and mirrors. It has the following properties: Obsidian bears powerful properties for strength, health and wellbeing.

This exhibition for the show in London has been made possible thanks to Anáhuac university.


The items presented in this section share a common area of Design related to Social Responsibility. Thought-provoking projects that expand our abilities, that embolden and build community, and others that make the most of our limited resources.

1) Palma Soul | Design focused on enhancing handmade items

Berke Goldberg Kleiman

Industrial design has mainly focused on the mass production of consumer objects. A process that frequently overlooks the essence of the people that take part in it. Palma Soul approaches design alternatives to industrial manufacture by exploring means of handicraft production deep-rooted in Mexican culture.

These objects made of palm, account for the diversity of paths that can be taken to conceptualize, manufacture and commercialize items designed on a small scale. These products speak not only of a process but also of the people’s creative soul.
Products: bags, clutch, taco-bags


2) Guardians of the Oceans | Design that reinserts plastic bags after being deemed useless

Guardians of the Ocean – Student team:
Marla María Tinajero Cabrera 
Eduardo Rivas Martín del Campo
Nathan Burak Case
Ana Laura Palafox Díaz
Valentina Anza Menalled
Ollintzin Castro Sánchez
Karla Tinajero
Radamés Vargas
Nahomi Weingers

The colossal amount of plastic bags has disrupted the balance in almost every natural environment, particularly in the oceans. In light of this, Guardians of the Oceans envisions the reduction of this negative impact, through up-cycling and by fostering responsible consumption.

This project reinserts polyethylene into goods using a low-scale recycling technique that has been explored by MALIARTS, a design studio in Mexico City, over the past few years. A simple ironing process multiplies the lifespan and profitabilty of the material, providing an array of design possibilities to explore at the same time.
Products: Bags, back-packs and a raincoat.


3) Guma | Design to transform tyre waste into valuable objects

Alejandro Curi Chávez

Somebody’s waste could be the raw material for others; Guma puts this statement into action. The project employs the desertion of something as common as tires, in order to generate new objects that stand out for their design, strength, durability, and cost. Therefore, Guma reduces the environmental impact of waste, whilst presenting new approaches to post-consumer design.
Products: shoes, stool, rubber sheets / mats



21.9. 6.30pm:
The Agave, Tequila and Mezcal
A Tequila and Mezcal degustation and a talk about the cultivation of the Agave plant, and the craft of Tequila and Mezcal destillation. Talk held by Eduardo Gomez, founder and the heart and the mind behind the ‘House of Mexico’ and ‘Tequila & Mezcal Fest’ in London.

VENUE: 192 Piccadilly, St James’s, W1J 9EU
DATES & TIMES: 15-23 September
Mo-Fri 11am-7pm; Sat: 11am – 8pm
PRESS PREVIEW: 14th September, 12-6pm
Regent Street & St James’s Design District PV day and Evening: 19th September: 11am – 9pm



Thank you to Centro and Anáhuac for supporting the exhibition and for being part!
Logo & CI development courtesy of Centro university.
Design by María Vargas, student visual communications, under the direction of Uzyel Karp
Publishing design in México brought to London courtesy of Centro.
Obsidian Project brought to London courtesy of Anáhuac university.
Thank you to Arquine (biggest architecture publisher in Latin America) who has brought in a substantial selection of architectural titles.
Thank you to Travesias Media for their donation of book titles referring to México and México City.
A big thank you to our patrons, partners and sponsors, Carmen Cordera of Galería Mexicana de Diseño, Central Hotel Boutique in Chihuahua and The Lift.

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CENTRO university is an institution for higher education specialsied in design, architecture, film, media and communication. As the name implies, CENTRO channels science, technology and business across all aspects of creativity.
Apart from being an institution that trains future creative leaders, CENTRO serves as a platform to carry out research and to undertake and discuss ideas about creativity. It promotes design by organising exhibitions, conferences, workshops and collaborative projects developed with the private sector as well as cultural institutions. CENTRO has a particular emphasis on an international outreach and perspective.


Anahuac university and its School of Design is an academic community nationally and internationally recognised. The institution generates, forms and spreads the tendencies in design culture via a pedagogic method that looks at research, the business world, technological developments, cultural institutions and educational trends in Mexico with a personalised educational approach. Design is practiced like an interface that humanizes technology and a social factor that connects the rich local traditions in Mexico with the dimensions of a globalised world.


La Galería Mexicana de Diseño (GMD) is a platform that aims to encourage and promote design in and from México. Founded in 1991 by Carmen Cordera, the GMD has been a pioneer in Mexico to show Mexican design, but also international brands wtihin Mexico. GMD has been innovative in selecting original and high quality products and offering those to the public via its store over the past 27 years.


Arquine, founded in 1997, is a project dedicated to the dissemination of architectural culture, a publishing house and a platform for generating content through its books and magazines, social networks, radio, competitions, conferences and festivals.
Arquine published its first book in 2000 and today has more than 160 titles in its portfolio.


Travesías Media is a boutique media company, experts in content creation and editorial design with more than 17 years’ experience producing books, magazines, digital content, video and experiences. Travesías Media has three platforms of its own: Travesías, Gatopardo and Local. Club Travesías is a travel club that offers exclusive experiences to its members. e_spacio Travesías is a book and design store, located in their offices in Mexico City.


Círculo Cuadrado is a company specialized in communication and PR for architecture, industrial and interior design in the Mexican market. Working as a team with their clients the company creates communication and outreach strategies for echoing their clients’ messages throughout a wide net within the industry.
Podio is a communication platform specialized in architecture, industrial and interior design —with 27 years of experience and a range of more than 100 thousand impacts— supported on digital nets to promote and share the most relevant topics in Mexico and the world.


Born as a love story, Central Hotel Boutique offers a unique atmosphere where past and present collide. While being the former home of General Trías and the oldest “finca” in the city of Chihuahua, Central Hotel Boutique’s venue holds two centuries of history and is recognized by the INAH as a cultural patrimony of the Chihuahua’s city center. This stunning XIX home with quarry columns and “Art Nouveau” murals has been thoughtfully re-­‐designed to embrace its essence while offering an exclusive and gastronomical, historical and aesthetic experience. With the intention of promoting Mexico’s cultural heritage and artistic creation its gallery will host the works of emergent and consolidated Mexican artists and will invite for the continuous collaboration of galleries across the globe. Central Hotel Boutique, will soon open its doors for guests to indulge themselves into an delightful Northern Mexico experience.

THANKS to our PR and Media SUPPORTERS:

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