Last week, on my way to NYC to see designer David Stark and his Wood Shop pop-up at Haus Interior, I got the chance to interview the President of MoMA’s retail division, Kathy Thornton-Bias. It was a real treat; talk about an amazing job. The interview will run later this spring as part of Design Milk‘s new “Design Store(y)” column (did I mention I’m Features Editor over there now?). In the meantime, I can say that she did tell me a bit about this year’s Destination: Design. Last night, the publicist sent over the look book.
In April, the MoMA Design Store launches the tenth installment in its Destination: Design series, Destination: Mexico. Kathy told me, “We pick places off the beaten path. Mexico is our neighbor and we have a mindset about them, but a tremendous amount of contemporary design is happening there.” She assured me the pieces would blow my mind, and break stereotypes.
Indeed, while some hint at indigenous Mexican craft and iconography, many are pure examples of contemporary design. Either way, most are amazing. There are 50 limited edition pieces from emerging Mexican designers, including home accessories, furniture, lighting, paper goods, and jewelry. Here are 18 pieces I really like.
S H O P P I N G
Brass Candela Cube by Sonia Lartigue, $145
Aguayo Dog Table by Nel Colectivo, $195
Perchero Coat Hanger by Paulina Gonzalez-Ortega & Amaya Gutierrez, $275
Hanging Lamp by Rodrigo Alegre & Carlos Acosta, $125
Tricolor Miss Susan by Emiliano Godoy & Cecilia Leon de la Barra, $175
Pirueta Table by Paulina Gonzalez-Ortega & Andres Ocejo, $750
White Cura Glass by Hector Esrawe, $24
Black Acapulco Indoor/Outdoor Chair, $195
Back-strap Loom Scarf by Maggie Galton, $65
Spiked Molcajete Bowl by Perla Valtierra, $150
Deforestation Laptop Feet by Ariel Rojo, $16
Cast Bronze Ring by Natalia Porter & Allison Schiegel, $145
Sombrero Dish by Mauricio Lara, $68
Green Tripod Vase by Ariel Rojo, $28
Multicolor Paper Strip Bowl by Yolanda Resendez, $25
Red Slow Flame Trivets by Lilliana Ovalle, $50
White Cochi Jarrito Mug by Valeria Ramirez, $22
Jam Collapsible Side Table by Rodolfo Samperio, $225
Available late April through June at MoMA Store.