It’s all in the process: Mexico City’s Archivo celebrates design and production

 ’Design in Process’ exhibition
Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura presents ’Design in Process’, an exhibition exploring the present and future of Mexican design
(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)

As Mexico City gears up to accept its title of World Design Capital in 2018, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, the capital's designated space for the collection and exhibition of the country's design, is celebrating its growing pool of talent through its latest offering, 'Diseño en Proceso' ('Design in Process').

The exhibition features a wide selection of over 50 proposals by a mix of 36 established and emerging Mexican designers. The premise of 'Design in Process' is to expose the inner workings behind each finished product, and to take an in-depth look into the experimental and developmental steps each creative undertakes in the early stages of their design. The exhibit showcases an eclectic selection of products, textile design, architecture concepts and urban planning proposals, all of which aim to bring the public closer to the intricacies of production.

Isauro Huizar and Mario Ballesteros – the curatorial and display team – believe that the most interesting and important discoveries take place during the creation of a project’s more abstract, early stages, and felt that Mexico lacked a platform on which to present and discuss this work. The duo wants 'Design in Process' to act as a barometer of future trends, an overview of working methods in Mexico, and to become an ‘active window of unfinished ideas’.

Running until 12 August, the exhibition is the inaugural event in Archivos's exciting summer program, titled 'Verano Archivo', and will also act as the first installment of an annually recurring show, which will set out to celebrate the past, present and the future of design in the Mexican capital. 

stone and glass

Designer Moisés Hernández presents his explorations into the relationship between stone and glass

(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)

structural sculptures

Design studio PALMA’s structural sculptures investigate 3D space and contrasting materials

(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)

ceramic vessels

Pop+Dots, an art and design firm, contributed to the exhibition with their series of ceramic vessels

(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)

’Lasso Lamp’

Natural Urbano, headed by Sebastián Beltrán, provided the exhibition with a prototype of the ’Lasso Lamp’

(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)

’Fracture’ at ’Design in Process’ exhibition

Shelf and Ricardo Casas showcase their series of material tests, titled ’Fracture’

(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)

series of moulds

Amoato and Celosía Refine present a series of moulds, which experiment with structure and form

(Image credit: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes)


’Design in Process’ is on view until 12 August. For more information, visit Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura’s website

Photography: Diego Padilla and Agustín Paredes


Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura
Calle General Francisco Ramírez 4
Miguel Hidalgo
11840 Mexico City