The Contemporary Mexican Style: Andres Casillas

It was in 1966 when Luis Barragán was commissioned with the design of the Cuadra San Cristóbal equestrian estate, located in the outskirts of Mexico City. The project was designed by Luis Barragán in collaboration with his chief architect Andrés Casillas de Alba, and completed in 1968. Casillas, also from …

The Contemporary Mexican Style: Antonio Attolini Lack

For many critics Mexican architects Ricardo Legorreta and Antonio Attolini Lack were the inheritors of the so called Barragán “emotional architecture”. The term “emotional architecture” is the name given to the style of modernist architecture conceived by German émigré architect and sculptor Mathias Goeritz; formulated in 1954 through his “Emotional …

The Contemporary Mexican Style: Ricardo Legorreta

Contemporary Mexican Architecture was born in the second half of the 20th Century, different from all architecture styles; it uses as a reference the modern architecture movement but it does not use the typical Neocolonial or Californian language. Ricardo Legorreta is one of contemporary Mexican architecture´s most talented, prolific and …

The Luis Barragán Room Divider that sold for a six-figure at TEFAF 2016 UNSOLVED MYSTERY

During the recent TEFAF 2016 in Maastricht, an Art fair which on their Preview day had over 10,000 international private collectors, curators and representatives from the world’s leading museums and public institutions visiting its premises. One of the highlights of the fair was that the Parisian gallery Downtown sold an …

The revival of the Butaque Chair in Mexican Mid Century Modern Furniture Design – Part 4

continued from part # 3 American architect and designer William Spratling frequented prominent artists and personalities that were active within the Mexicanismo movement during that time, and many of them decorated their homes with his furniture. As a result of the success of William Spratling’s furniture designs, the Butaque fever …

Mexico Modernism Furniture Design – Luis Barragán, Francisco Artigas, Pedro Ramírez Vázquez

Mexico was a fertile ground for modernist architecture in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s. While the United States was adhering to a Soviet-style official architecture, Mexico — looking to express a progressive new identity after its revolution — had gone entirely modern. Starting in the late 1940’s public building projects …

Building up an icon (mass produced) – Part #13

Vitra was founded in 1950 by Willi and Erika Fehlbaum in Weil am Rhein, Germany as a shop-fitting company. Business flourished when in 1957 Herman Miller Inc.* assigned Vitra the license to produce and sell the products of Charles Ray Eames and George Nelson in Germany and Switzerland. The …