Design Week Mexico Unveils Program for Its 9th Edition

Oct 13, 2017

Design Week Mexico, Mexico’s  leading platform for Design and Architecture, has unveiled its program and first confirmed participants for its 9th edition, which was originally planned for October 4th—8th but was later shifted to the 11th to the 15th of October in light of the earthquake. The event will celebrate creativity and design with a range of activities, from exhibitions and temporary installations to interventions and talks, turning the capital into an international platform for innovation. Last year, Mexico and Switzerland celebrated their 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Building on that relationship, Design Week Mexico will host Switzerland as its Guest Country. Meanwhile, the East-Central state of Puebla—known for its rich tradition of handcraft and folk art, such as the mayolica style pottery, glass and indigenous textiles—will be this edition’s Guest State, enabling bilateral collaboration between contemporary designers and traditional craftsmen.


As the city gears up to become World Design Capital Mexico City 2018—responding to the theme of Socially Responsible Design—this is an opportunity for the general public and professionals alike to discover the latest trends in Mexican and international contemporary design. Mexico City is the first city in the Americas to receive the designation, which is awarded biennially to cities based on their commitment to use design as an effective tool for economic, social, and cultural development.For this edition of Design Week Mexico, the Museo de Arte Moderno is pleased to present 100 Years of Swiss Design, a significant exhibition looking at Switzerland’s design legacy and its international influence in the field. Initially mounted in 2014 at the Museum für Gestaltung (Zürich), this new iteration will explore the shared histories of both countries, for instance with the work of Swiss architect Hannes Meyer, who lived in Mexico from 1938 for a decade, after directing the Bauhaus School.


The gardens of Museo Tamayo will play host to DWM Tamayo Project, a major architectural pavilion designed by the acclaimed Mexico City-based studio Materia. The work produced during this residency will be exhibited at Museo Tamayo, alongside Inédito, an exhibition of new pieces by young talents in the field of contemporary design, including Mexican studios Äco, Acoocooro, Comité de Proyectos, Equipo Miztli, Josué Ulises and Vertebral, with also a special section dedicated to the Swiss Design Awards. Additionally, a residency project will be held at Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, with the Swiss designers Nicolas Le Moigne and Julie Richoz. Opens on October 4th—Visión & Tradición and Inédito run until October 8th, at Museo Tamayo, Bosque de Chapultepec. The fundraising event Design House will see a group of Mexican designers and architects intervene on a neocolonial-style house at the heart of the upscale district of Polanco, known for its diverse artistic and cultural offerings. Participants will transform the space into an innovative, site-specific installation accessible to the public throughout the month. Opens on October 5th (invite only)—accessible to the public throughout the month of October (closing date TBC—10:30—7 pm)—Luis G. Urbina 84, Polanco—$100 MXN donation for adults, $50 MXN for students, teachers, seniors and children.


Meanwhile, EXPO Design Week brings together designers to promote and showcase their most recent creations at Campo Marte, near the National Auditorium in Chapultepec Park. This second edition of the commercial fair will feature around 140 national and international exhibitors in a space of 2,700 m2. Alongside the fair, Design Week Mexico has joined forces with a number of institutional and corporate leaders such as INADEM, Masisa Lab, ProMéxico, IMPI, Kickstarter, Idea Couture and Crowdfunded to present Design Hub, a talks series around the design industry in Mexico today. And for the companies and entrepreneurs wishing to develop their business models, a special business workshop focusing on the creative industries will be available too. Open from October 6th—8th (11:00—8 pm) - Campo Marte, Avenida Paseo de La Reforma, San Miguel de Chapultepec. 


This year will also see the launch of Coleccionable DWM 2017, a limited edition of 500 by the internationally acclaimed Mexican artist Edgar Orlaineta. The design piece made of ceramics pays homage to the city and its residents, exploring the urban landscape and the design narratives it inhabitsLater that evening, a series of documentaries in relation to the creative industries will be screened outdoors at the Angela Peralta Theater. Opened in 1939, the venue was designed by Mexican architect Enrique Aragón Echegaray, inspired by the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York and the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles. October 6th (7 pm—10 pm)—Teatro Angela Peralta, Parque Lincoln. Over the weekend, Design Content will bring Design to the streets while promoting young practitioners. 20 containers installed on Julio Verne in Parque Lincoln, Polanco, offer temporary showcase displays in one of the most important commercial areas of the city. In addition, architecture and design students present interventions around the water fountains of the park. Meanwhile, Territorio Creativo brings together a series of events, workshops, exhibitions and food stand to the neighbourhoods of Miguel Hidalgo and San Rafael. October 7th—8th (11:00—6 pm)—various locations. For those eager to discover the newest collections and trends in the capital’s best showrooms and art galleries, Design Route provides buses in and around Polanco, Lomas de Chapultepec, San Miguel Chapultepec, Roma and Condesa in a hop on / hop off format, for residents and visitors alike can. October 7th (11:00—6 pm)—Julio Verne, Parque Lincoln.


About Design Week Mexico 

Design Week Mexico is the country’s leading platform for design and architecture. Since 2009, it has curated and managed a varied program of exhibitions, architecture pavilions, installations and conferences that together aim to empower the city through creativity and design while addressing the urban challenges of the 21st century.

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