Starting in 1994 Rossell, the daughter of a member of the PRI Mexico’s ruling party, started photographing women with money in Mexico. She says she started with family members and moved onto friends of friends. She explains that these women were easy to photograph and already had this ‘role’ in mind that they would play in the photos, which are objectifying to the women, but at the same time draw the eye and are beautiful to look at.
I have lived in and loved Mexico City. It’s a thrilling metropolis, underrated completely and with energy and imagination unlike any other. But when in Mexico, you don’t drink the water. It’s one of those ‘rules’. And that is precisely part of what makes Casa del Agua – literally house of water – so intriguing. Ironic even. The water at this Mexico City boutique is bottled, of course. Rainwater is collected through a teak patio and garden then filtered and purified on site a thousand different ways (including running over stones with the words “love,” “respect” and “gratitude”) until it reaches its “highest potential.”
Set on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, Coqui Coqui Tulum is a boutique beachfront hotel that has us itching to skip the border. With seven rooms, a small shop and a perfumerie, the hotel has an exclusive vibe that surprisingly isn’t reflected in its price. A quick look on Mr & Mrs Smith tells us that rooms start at just $200. The property has been designed with its environment in mind. Cream-coloured stone allows the hotel to blend in amongst ancient Mayan ruins, lush tropical palms, clear aqua water and white powdery sand. So when do we leave?
Alejandro Cartagena’s photo series, entitled The Car Poolers in Mexico, depicts the daily life of workers living in Monterrey. This revealing series shows a side of a society that often goes unlooked. Cartagena’s photographs won the 2012 International Street Photography Award, and they were recently on display at the Kopeikin Gallery in Miami.
Ok, so the headline is a little, erm, out there, but let’s face it, the idea is even more shocking. Terra, a Mexican internet company, have turned to their advertising agency, DDB Mexico, to create a nose-turning campaign whereby dog owners are rewarded for putting their pets’ waste into a box in a park in exchange for access to free Wifi. The bag is weighed in the box and the corresponding weight is converted into free Wifi time. No shit! Indeed.
Created by MENOSUNOCEROUNO, an advertising, branding, and digital agency based in Mexico, Just In Case is an end-of-the-world survival kit that contains necessities needed to make us feel better, just in case the world does decides to end. From dark chocolate laced with cinnamon that’s covered in sugar, to basic water, this wonderfully modern designed and crafted kit is a sure must have. Just in case.
Northern Californian Rogelio Manzo’s translucent images see through the people he creates. Brushstrokes show ghostly movement while the paint simultaneously disfigures the images. Each layer, like years in time, leaves an indelible mark on the visage of that persona. This layering and slow, meaty disintegration, speaks to a commonality of humankind. The images are futuristic yet past tense and conjure a modern day Dorian Gray. We are given a glimpse of the future. In it, an undeniable beauty of the decay.
Del Maguey is made in remote parts of Oaxaca, Mexico, and only in limited quantities. There are just a handful of villages that produce this 100 percent agave mezcal, and each is named after the village from which it comes. Del Maguey also happens to be the only mezcal that is certified organic. Find it, […]
These corporative interiors have been designed by Carlos Herrera (a Mexican-Canadian designer), the owner of Habitat Innovation Designs in Toronto. He combines practical clean lines and a unique contemporary style in work that is commendably ecologically friendly.
Delectable chocolate. Such is the Mayan and Nahuatl English translation of the word Ki-xocolatl. It’s also — not coincidentally, of course — the name of a stellar bean-to-bar Mexican-based chocolate collection. The result of years of partnership between a Belgian husband and wife chocolatier team, and Mexican cocoa producers hailing from Chiapas and Tabasco, Ki’xocolatl is a solid marriage of top notch Mexican ingredients and a dash of European techniques.
Sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor is about to deploy an army of some 200 cement men and women to the bottom of Mexico’s Museum of Underwater Art in attempt to create a vast and surreal reef. Mexico’s marine take on the Terracotta Army, perhaps?
British fashion designers Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen are known the world over for their theatrics on the catwalk, but such displays of artistic fashion are unconventional for Mexico. So when designer Mauro Babún unveiled his Morgana Fall 2010 line at DFashion week with all the eerie pomp and circumstance of a McQueen show, the audience gleaned the pasarela melodrama.
Stunning reds, blues, and yellows pop brightly against the stark white interior at Theurel & Thomas: Mexico’s first and only house of macarons. Located in the Northeastern city of Neuvo Leon, this authentic French patisserie is gaining accolades for its traditional, tasty macarons in flavors like raspberry, pistachio, chocolate, and coconut. But the design of this elegant boutique too is garnering heaps of attention.
US architect Teddy Cruz has long focused on what architecture can learn from informal settlements. His latest project aims to build residential areas in various parts of the US that mimic the Shantytowns of Tijuana, Mexico. He’s already pitched proposals for a site in the Hudson Valley, New York, and has now shifted focus to […]