Made in Mexico: Mexican Mid-Century Modernism

It’s fairly common knowledge that California and Mexico have a lot in common. Beautiful weather, beaches, the indoor-outdoor lifestyle and a relaxed casual atmosphere make both places irresistible. Less commonly known is how much California and Mexico influenced each other in the realm of design. “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985”, currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, examines the influence that both locations had on each other in architecture, design, fashion, jewelry and pottery.

Modernism flourished in both places. Richard Neutra, the acclaimed modernist architect, had deep ties to Mexico, lecturing there in the 1930’s. Neutra influenced many young architects of the time, many going on to have successful careers of their own. Luis Barragan, probably Mexico’s most famous architect, was highly influenced by Neutra. Some of his most recognized work comes from his home, Casa Luis Barragan, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site:

Many great designers who worked in Mexico during the 1950’s-1960’s have been re-discovered and are enjoying much deserved attention by collectors and design enthusiasts. On Madison has put together a pictorial collage of some of our favorite iconic pieces by designers who are now receiving the recognition they deserve.

Glass mosaic box by Salvador Teran / Equipal chair by Pedro Ramirez Vasquez / Roberto & Mito Block chair / Petite credenza by Eugenio Escudero

Arturo Pani brass cocktail table / Pedro Friedeberg brass hand chair / Mathias Goeritz sculpture via On Madison / Pepe Mendoza coffee table with glass top / Antonio Pineda copper pitcher / Arturo Pani leather lounge chair / Carlos Merida blue tile mosaic / William Spratling silver pitcher


Form, Function, Fabulous!

Followers of this blog know we are obsessed by beautiful lighting. Great lighting can add drama and sparkle to any space. Lighting is certainly necessary and utilitarian, but what does it take for a light fixture to transcend mere functionality to become an object that can be considered art?

Lighting designers are pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between function and form and lighting as sculpture. Incorporating lighting that defies the norm can elevate a space to new levels of chic. On Madison is profiling the work of some of our favorite lighting designers whose ingenuity and creativity are creating pieces that successfully walk the line between function and high art.

A few of our favorite lighting designers spotlighted in the collage:

Apparatus, New York

Lindsay Adelman, New York

Delightfull, Europe

Roll & Hill, Brooklyn

Atelier de Troupe, Los Angeles



Making Us Blush!

Nude, apricot, peach, blush: whatever name you give it, we’re talking about that sultry shade of pink that just says “luscious.” Blush is hotter than ever right now and designers are showcasing pink in everything from upholstery to wall color.

We’re loving blush paired with gutsy colors like charcoal, black and garnet and metals like copper. Mix blush with lots of texture like fur, cerused woods and leather to prevent the room from looking too feminine. We love using blush on unexpected pieces like a blush velvet on a mid-century Italian lounge chair.

On Madison has put together a variety of looks using blush that will bring a little sexy back to your space.


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