Made in Mexico Design
Last week, the MoMA Design Store in New York launched the latest installment in its Destination: Design series. Available only through June, Destination: Mexico is a limited-availability product collection featuring approximately 150 products by emerging Mexican designers, including home accessories, furniture, paper goods, and jewelry. Many of the products reimagine typical Mexican materials and techniques—such as a pre-Columbian-style pitcher rendered in polyester resin and a chair woven with ancient Mayan techniques that utilizes zinc-galvanized PVC string. The product collection focuses on designers who source local, recycled, and organic materials, and use production techniques that minimize waste. Many items are also produced with collectives who aim to create an opportunity for employment in small, rural villages and support the teaching of traditional crafts to a new generation. Here, a peek at some of our favorite finds from the collection, which is currently available for purchase on MoMAstore.org and in the MoMA Design stores in New York, Japan, and Korea.
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Designed by Sonali Kaushal, this elegant bag uses over 600 buttons to give a fresh take on a classic design. It is shiny and sassy. Great for a night out on the town or dressed down with jeans.
- The Museum of Modern Art's Design Store has been running regionally-sourced collections in their retails shops and online.
A plastic rendition of classic wooden blocks, Cubes makes a splashy desktop addition. Its petite size keeps its bright colors from overtaking your workspace.
- In post-World War I Germany, architect Grete Schütte-Lihotzky's "Frankfurt Kitchen" was manufactured and installed in thousands of public-housing unit across Frankfurt am Main.
The Saarinen-esque swoop of this feeder’s roofline suggests machine tooling, but every copper unit is made by hand in Virginia.
The average 736 TR spends about eight hours on the production line, but it’s the 5 to 24 hours spent on test runs that assure the quality of this Energy Star–rated appliance. Pieces and components come from all over the world for this fridge—wiring harnesses from Mexico, electronics from Japan—but the aluminum and steel are all American-milled and the plastic sheets that make up the interior are all
vacuum-formed on-site in Phoenix.
- Our “Modern for Less” issue is packed with ideas for wallets big and small.
- Put down your Kindles, New Yorkers, and head straight to MoMA to buy some books. A giant half-off sale of some 1200 titles starts today.