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


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