José María Balmaceda knows this from the core of his self, and he feels a great passion about the distinct universes that inhabit inside of each being. When he mixes this with his love for textiles, Balamaceda Studio is born (2017) to take over the mission of creating custom made artesanal rugs that will always try to connect people through textile design.
He creates bonds with his clients while making unique designs that transmit his personal imaginary through the creation of -one of a kind/client collaboration- pieces, which bring their homes the cozy sensation that only a special rug can give.
Connecting directly with the artesans, their families and communities, José María gets to know the story behind every piece. He has stretched the hands that fabric and wove the fibers that give life to excellent quality rugs brought from India and Nepal to dress elegantly each of his clients homes.
Manuel Muñoz Gomez Gallardo was born in Mexico City in 1982. He comes from a family of artists, architects and designers, so from an early age he began to make art. He studied at the Chelsea College of Arts and Design in London, where he graduated with honours from the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Shortly after graduating he became the first Mexican member of the RBS (Royal British Society of Sculptors). After many years of living in Great Britain he returned to Mexico to execute a project of monumental sculptures in the Sonoran desert.
He has focused on the creation of sculpture/installation that produce an aesthetic encounter and a new corporeal experience between the spectator and his surroundings. The experience pretends that the viewer detaches himself from his particular and concrete visual reality to give way to the proliferation of the other senses.
The pieces fundamentally touches themes of visual perception, environment and harmony of materials, and even of proportion. Let the sense of materiality, plasticity and gravity lead to a sensory proliferation. His particularity of order, of structure, of weight, of detail and of office, contributes to the creation of a visual paradigm that makes emerge the emotional participation of the observer, taking into account both his conscious intentions and his unconscious ways.
The objective of all this creative process is the emergence of a plastic and spatial experience anchored in an existential base, from which the spectator projects himself as the creator of his own experience.
Guilherme Wentz is a product designer graduated of Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Southern Brazil. In 2014 he opened his studio at Sao Paulo, Brazil, working with leading Brazilian design brands. He is art director of Decameron and more recently he launched his own brand WENTZ, in partnership with Rafael Gehrke, to produce and distribute limited editions of the studio.
In 2016 he won the IF Design Award and last year he was nominated as Rising Talent by Maison & Objet Americas and Casa Vogue Design.
Joel Escalona is the creative director managing of NONO, a contemporary design and manufacturing agency based in Mexico City. Mixing an authentic blend of craft, engineering and innovation he produces a refined collection of products for both the residential and commercial market.
She graduated from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, “La Esmeralda”. During her studies she specialized in graphics and ceramics. She is currently producing her own work and teaches textile engraving in workshops in the cities of Xalapa and Oaxaca. Her work has been in several exhibitions in Mexico City and abroad. She has received numerous scholarships: from the University of Veracruz (2008), Hivos, Doen and Arts Colaboratory Foundation (2008) and the program Stimulus for the Creation and Artistic Development of Veracruz (2012). Her work has been selected in several national and international contests. In 2012, she taught herself in the specialization of textile engraving and in 2014, creates alongside Andrea Prudencio the brand Pol&Pol, project in which she is currently working.
The Cordilleras ceramics series is a collaboration between the Chilean designer Abel Cárcamo, founder and director of Primitivo, whose work focuses on the rescue handcrafted techniques, as well as in mixing traditional design with current trends, and Santiago Vega, a Mexican student of Industrial Design, who combines in his pieces different disciplines such as photography and graphic arts.
This project is an interpretation of Chile, a country limited by a large mountain chain, the Cordillera de los Andes, always present in its landscape. The result is a product in honor of these mountains through the abstraction of its forms.
Argentine ceramist artist, graduated from the National University of Art (UNA) with a bachelor in Arts of Fire, and from the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón as national teacher of sculpture and drawing. Currently she teaches at UNA and at his private workshop.
In recent years, she has specialized in molding and graphic arts for ceramics, giving seminars for different institutions such as the University of Visual Arts, Hidalgo and Espacio Arta Cerámica, Mexico City.
She has participated in group and solo shows in different cities of Argentina and has won several prizes such as the First Mention in the discipline of Ceramics, Prilidiano Prize Pueyrredon, Mention in ceramics, VI National Biennial of Ceramic Art, Berazategui, and Mention in Ceramics, Municipal Hall of Ceramic Avellaneda, among others.
Tributo is a multidisciplinary platform of creative services specialists in Industrial Design, Interior, Graphic, Marketing, and Photography. Under the creative direction of Laura Noriega, the brand seeks to reconcile artisan techniques with avant-garde design, relying on some of the best craftsmen in Mexico. Their products include furniture, lighting, kitchen utensils, ceramics and toys.
Diario is a brand created by Moisés Hernández that collects and redesigns unique objects of Mexican daily life. Each piece represents, from a contemporary view, the traditions and cultures of different regions of the country, rediscovering stories, colors, textures, techniques and materials.
Studio José de la O is an interdisciplinary design agency specialized in innovative, conceptual, experimental and commercial projects. The studio was founded in Eindhoven, Netherland in 2010 and it was relocated in Mexico City in 2013.
The studio develops unique furniture designs, as well as consumer products, advertising campaigns, visual identity innovative services and new strategies that can create value and benefit society.
Under the creative direction of the industrial designer Ricardo Casas, Shelf was born as a platform for collaborations between designers of different disciplines.
Shelf arises from the need to seek a commercial opening for all the design developments and explorations done in the Design Studio RCD (Ricardo Casas Design).
Shelf launches its first collection in February of 2016 with pieces of RCD (Ricardo Casas Design) and collaborations between Ricardo Casas and Iker Ortiz (IK Joyeros), Orfeo Quagliata (Studio Orfeo Quagliata), Vanessa Guckel (Cihua), Mónica Ibarra (Monalola), Marco Villas Mateo, Rodrigo Tovar (Sociedad Anónima), Isauro Huizar, Chapas y Tableros Finos, among others.
The second collection was launched in February of 2017 including collaborations with Marco Colín and Isauro Huizar, also retaking alliances with Iker Ortiz.
RCD Studio have had the opportunity to participate in various interior and product projects in Mexico and in Europe, such as the project "Bésame Mucho" in Milan, Italy, as well as in the most important design fairs worldwide, developing projects in collaboration with important architect firms and contemporary artists in Mexico.
Founded in 2014 by Juan José Nemer and Mauricio Álvarez, Ad Hoc is an object, space and furniture workshop, which aims to reach perfection in the details through design. Their work focuses on highlighting the natural beauty of the materials, as well as on reflecting the great artisan legacy that exists in the country, revisitng the manual process and the personalized detail. In this way, they manage to merge the traditional with the contemporary.
In 2013 they exhibited at the Milan Furniture Show and in 2015 they represented Mexico at Wanted Design in New York.
Fernando Laposse is a London based Mexican designer with a BA in product design from Central Saint Martins.
His work is deeply rooted in material experimentation and craft with a great emphasis on self production and the DIY culture. Fernando strives to transform materials which are cheap, readily available, and in some cases waste by-products or perishable into objects with higher perceived value which has allowed him to make crossovers between product, set and food design. His projects frequently raise questions regarding whole system thinking, ephemerality, the act of consumption and the politics of food.
Fernando’s work has been shown primarily in Europe including the Modern Art Museum of Trento (MART) in Italy as part Progetto Cibo, a retrospective on the last 15 years of the food design movement, Libby Sellers Gallery in London, South London Gallery, Project B Gallery in Milan, Merci-Merci in Paris, and the St, Etienne Biennale. He is an active member of the Experimental Food Society in London and was selected as one of the 70 UK young designers to watch by The British Design Council in the material world category.
His list of selected clients include Bentley, Selfridges, Marks and Spencers, Daum Cristallerie, Haviland, Unilever, W-Hotels, Hyatt Regency, Merci-Merci Paris, and the Institute of Making to name a few.
NOMADE ATELIER is a workshop founded by French –Moroccan architect Ismael Bachri (1984) and Mexican visual artist Diana Quintero Vallejo (1982) in late 2012 in Mexico City.
After inheriting a wood workshop, both parties decided putting to good use the knowledge and tools they had acquired in their own professions and they set out to channel their restlessness into the creation of a studio that did open projects. These projects would involve a team interested in art, architecture and the richness of natural materials with the sole purpose of creation. A month later NOMADE ATELIER was born.
The workshop is made up of a small base team; nonetheless, the collaborations involve a large number of hands in the each project. They accomplished these projects by seeking to contribute with ideas, their objective is to further the development and production of design and art in Mexico. The top priority is to entice a collaboration of ideas and work in each project while being conducive of the individual’s wellbeing above all. These projects also seek to create ripples in the common benefit while contributing in the development of creative engines and quality in Mexico.
For Nomade Atelier each project becomes a challenge represented in the constant experimentation of new materials and the possibility of using set materials on their next idea. Each one of their pieces is created with natural materials taking care in highlighting the richness of the craftsmanship of the Mexican laborers. This is achieved by collaborating with small family-run workshops who have inherited their craft generation after generation.By working close-handedly with people that who have such different ideas and needs from the workshop, the team has been enriched and pushed into new creative planes. Every piece they create contains passion, devotion and care that each individual brings to the table.
Comité de Proyectos was founded in Mexico City in 2014 by two friends, both designers, looking for a space to grow independent and develop their own ideas motivated by the rising scene of Mexican design.
Andrea Flores graduated from the Escola Superior de Disseny (IED), Barcelona, with a bachelor in Design, focusing on the conceptual development of interior projects, while Lucía Soto graduated from Centro de Investigaciones de Diseño Industrial (CIDI), Mexico City, whit a product devolpment approach.
During the first two years the studio focused on the development of interior design projects and is not until 2016 when they started developing their own author pieces. Inspired in daily life –putting special attention to details–, the fundamental purpose of their work is to arouse new sensations through design, as they consider it an important cultural driver.
Luis Vega is a product designer based in Mexico City. He works in the realms of design research and creative direction with an integral approach on project management. His work addresses contemporary issues through the scope of design-related disciplines as interpretation bridges between culture and technology. Up to now, he has explored such schemes with the study of low-tech systems and the traditional crafts sector, with a particular yet challenging focus on transcultural collaborative practices. His work has been reviewed internationally, and exhibited in important design platformes from cities such as Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New York, Stuttgart and Tokyo.
Caretina Moretti is a designer and architect from Guadalajara. She seeks perfections by focusing in the minute details of her furniture, accessories and interior design projects, while leading her own design studio. As a designer, Caterina draws inspiration from nature and materials that offer a multiplicity of possibilities regarding form and texture. She has a passion for texture and contrast, which have been translated into a wide range of objects: spanning from the organic to the subtle but maintaining her own outlook on design.
Lou Izunza is a visual artist graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver Canada, she also studied architecture at the Iberoamerican University in Mexico City.
From her Mexico City based workshop she focuses in design, the creation of architectural surfaces and creating her own collection of author pieces and clay sculptures. Regarding ceramics, her main influences are: Hans Coper, Walter Keeler and Andy Blick, the later being her teacher for ten years in Vancouver. Her most important work till this date has been: the façade for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics ice rink, interiors for the Dream Home in Chicago (2009), and the interiors for several Las Vegas hotels and residential homes. Through her work Lou has become specialized in using different materials; among these the use of engravings and photography, and curating the work of Ross Penhall, Robert Bateman, Susan Point, Gordon Smith, among others. Her first solo show was in Mexico City (2010) and in 2013 she was invited to participate in the collective show at Chelsea Town Hall in London. Currently her work is being exhibited in galleries in Mexico, Canada and USA.
Perla Valtierra shares her life between Mexico and Paris. Perla's work dwells on identity. As a designer and ceramist her passion lies in exploring its individual and collective functions. Setting off, homeward bound-work is where home is, where distance is: such is the basis of ther daily inspiration. She handles natural products and clays, working on their endless possibilities- and she creates this balance between functional and aesthetic everyday objects.
Her work has received several awards, including first place in the 4th Utilitatian Ceramics Biennal at the France Mayer Museum and the Mexican Design Award Clara Porset. She has hold exhibitions in New York, Milan, Paris, Brussels, Tokyo, Mexico and Zacatecas.
Sebastián Beltrán is a visual artist and designer. His work flows in a circular and monochromatic way. His pieces fuse subtle and constant references towards the industrial, labor, temporality and the process of materials such as steel, cement, resins and other simple mechanisms that make his work hypnotic and reiterative. His double use of both art and design have become a tool that he has used in various occasions, creating thanks to it a number of beautiful and impeccably made pieces.
Valeria Florescano is a glass artist and jewelry designer based in Mexico City. Her work explores glass as a symbol, material, ritual and light, alongside other materials that can be transformed through fire. Her backgrounds, both as a graphic designer and as part of a family of historians, has been crucial to her development as a glass artist. This material, whose own structure does not fit a category easily, being neither liquid nor solid, in many ways it is an ideal medium to ponder on a lack of categorization.
Her work has been exhibited in reknown spaces in Mexico as well as abroad including Poglos Gallery in Poland (2015), THINK TWICE a collective jewelry exhibition at Franz Meyer Museum (2014) and she has also collaborated with Mexican designer Carla Fernández (2010).
Luis Orozco Madero is a Mexican illustrator. He studied communication at Iberoamerican University and illustration at Academy of San Carlos both institutions in Mexico City, he also studied cinematography in Boston and London, and typography in San Francisco. His work revolves around religion, the erotic, narratology, family and self-generated forms. He had his first solo exhibition, Basiquismos, in 2016 at Ángulo Cero. Orozco Madero chose engraving as his expressive outlet for this exhibition, drawing inspiration from Gustave Doré’s and Roger Penrose.
Luisa Restrepo is a glass-artist and jewelry designer from Colombia. After concluding her studies in Medellin and later in England, Luisa founded “el taller” in 2005 in Mexico City. A few years ago she moved her workshop to Oaxaca where she now experiments with action/art and space intervention. Currently she is finishing a Master’s degree on Design Studies in Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited internationally, and among her accomplishments lies having won the 1st Glass Bienal in Colombia.
Michelle Gratacós-Arill (San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1984) is an artist and designer based in Mexico City. She graduated with a B.A. in Image and Design from the School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico and proceeded to obtain her M.F.A. in Experience Design from Konstfack (University College of Arts, Crafts and Design) in Stockholm, Sweden.
In 2011 she served as Director of the Design Center at the School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico and as a faculty member of the Graphic Design department at the Dewey University in Puerto Rico. That same year she worked in Espacio Común, a community art project and participatory design that was part of the commissions for “El Panal”, III Poli/GráficaTriennial of San Juan, Latin America and the Caribbean 2012. Between 2013 and 2016 she co-founded and directed, along with Pablo Santiago, Twin Dogs Co., a company focused on the design and manufacture of handcrafted wrought iron furniture locally produced, whose purpose was to generate a dialogue between the past and the present of the tropical modernist aesthetic in the 50’s and 60’s.
Currently Gratacós-Arrill has its own design line, which seeks to promote the contemporary craftsmanship and the debate on the accessibility and function of art. She is also interested in human interaction, especially with artisans, and in sustainable products that maintain a connection with nature.
Poleta Rodete is a Mexican jewelry designer interested in giving an emotional function to each one of her pieces. With every design, she presents a unique identity that generates stories, like the origin and processes by which they were developed. Her work is characterized by the handwork of stones like marble and granite, which in their natural state respond to changes and everyday emotions. That is why she is able to read the stones, participating in a dialogue while working with them. Playing with the concept of the design discourse, she transforms "useless" objects in objects of attraction.
Her contemporary jewelry pieces have been exhibited in Mexico and the United States, including spaces such as the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City and Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco.