What it is: In 2009, I invited a group of 21 Mexican architects, industrial and graphic designers and a couple of visual artists to participate in an unprecedented project:
Each member designs a one-of-a-kind hand-made area rug that is produced using the best materials, knot count and quality possible. I produce them through my family's 90 year-old company's infrastructure using looms in India and Nepal, and exhibit them at the Franz Mayer Design Museum in Mexico City.
The project is now a reality. The rugs are woven and the designs are amazing. They are all one-of-a-kind and collectively provide an unprecedented look at a diverse cross-section of Mexico's re-invigorated design, architecture and art movement. They are manufactured using the following characteristics: - Tibetan knot in a 100-line quality (100knots per sq inch all made by hand). - All using High quality New Zealand wool which is among the best in the world. - They are all manufactured by adults in proper conditions, just as we have done in the past 90 years. - They are one-of-a-kind design pieces
Architects and Interior Designers:
• usoarquitectura -
• Productora -
Graphic and Industrial Designers:
• Ariel Rojo -
• Jorge Cejudo -
• Adolfo González Gómez -
• La Jabonera -
• Igloo Design -
Mexico has 4,000 years of history, color and cultural wealth that is clamoring to be shared to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, very few individuals and companies have placed their bets on this collective talent and I want to be the first to do so with hand-made rugs.
Fusing contemporary hand-woven rug design with Mexico's millennial heritage is our way of giving back to a country that has given us so much and I have made the decision to invite the creative community to be a part of such an important exhibition.
Venue & Exhibition The rugs will be exhibited for the firs time at The Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City. It is the premier location to exhibit this type of design showcase. Residing in an 18th Century converted convent in the heart of Mexico City, the museum showcases the evolution of design, architecture and decorative arts through Mexico's dynamic and colorful periods: From the Spanish Colonial era, Independence, revolution to modernity.
We already have a confirmed launch date for the exhibition on Apri 6, 2011. The exhibit is curated by one of the best curators in Mexico.
What the funds are for: The funds will be used to pay for the production costs of the exhibit which include: - We need to build the exhibit design which includes logistics, security, materials, lighting and media tools to tell the story and design process of each individual rug. - We need to complete the research and curatorial activities of the exhibit. - We will produce a small opening event on April 6 where we will invite the top architectural, design and art community in Mexico City. - We will initiate the process of consolidating the information to release a book in the second half of the year. - Hopefully, we will also use the funds to promote the exhibition to travel wholly or in part, to other locations across Mexico and the world.
We are very confident that this project will inspire not only the design and art community in Mexico, but across all of the Americas an beyond.
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