You might remember the MoMA Store featuring designs from countries such as Finland, Japan, Brazil and Portugual a few years ago. Well, this time it's Mexico's turn! On April 26th, MoMA will launch the tenth edition of its Destination: Design program, featuring contemporary design from Mexico. The selection includes over 150 products including tableware, small furniture items, jewelry and paper goods, that will be available at the MoMA design store for a limited time (April-June, 2012).
The selection emphasizes the use of locally-sourced, recycled materials and waste reducing techniques, as well as the production of studios and collectives that work to create employment in villages and support local craft traditions.
Some designs that caught my eye include:
1. Dancing Dots Pitcher and Tumbler by Ana Thiel
Recycled glass, blow and carved by hand.
2. Prehispanica Molcajete Bowl by Monica Calderon
This bowl made of polyester resin is shaped like a traditional Mexican Mortar.
3. Mini MUUX Mortar and Pestle by Diana Shkurovich
A reinterpratation of the traditional molcajete (mortar). Volcanic rock and cedar.
4. Canasta Glass Bowl by Emiliano Godoy
A glass basket of sorts made of blown glass.
5. Banquitos Stool by Cecilia Leon de la Barra
A different take on the traditional seats you see throughout Latin America consisting of a metal structure and woven plastic wire.
6. Pirueta Table by Paulina Gonzalez Ortega and Andres Ocejo
Resembling a colored spinning top, this small table is sure to cheer up any interior.
7. Acapulco Chair
This classic chair is for a relaxing outdoor area.
8. Foldable Chair by Andres Lima
Made like a Mexican market bag, the shape of the chair emerges when the mesh sleeve is filled with stuff.
8. Candela Cube by Sonia Lartigue
A small table lamp that provides an interesting optical illusion. It is made with the same materials and techniques used to make traditional Mexican brass and glass boxes and vitrines.
9. Flaca LED Light by Masiosare Studio
An extremely light and compact table lamp made of bent stainless steel sheeting.
For this project, MoMA collaborated with curator Ana Elena Mallet who assisted in the design selection, and with CENTRO, a design school based in Mexico City, to create the project's graphic identity.
(Images courtesy of the MoMA Store)