MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE CREATIONS
Tierra de Barro
Where design overlaps with handmade’. This is the motto of Tierra de Barro, a business born in 2020 when Beto Ortega and his wife decided to channel their love of design and their flower arranging business in a different direction.
Thus, Tierra de Barro was born to share with the world the couple’s love of plants and flowers and the calm and joy they bring but most importantly, to provide the right kind of vessels to house them.
The industrial designer duo Ingrid Durán and Manuel Lazareno turned their dreams into reality when creating TUIO in 2014. A play on words, TUIO is the expression of a couple’s dance: YOU + ME.
Each unique decorative piece is the fruit of a creative conceptual development and design of the product, modeled by the hands of expert Mexican artisans. TUIO’s aim is to create surprising objects that add a happy feeling to every space they are placed in.
The brainchild of Paulina Rodriguez, HOLBA came into being in Guadalajara by passionate designers who wanted to piece together their love of design, natural materials and Mexican heritage.
HOLBA believes that Mother Earth has already designed the right materials to give us everything we need for useful and beautiful household creations. All raw materials are 100% Mexican and 100% made from Parota wood and its products use indigenous Mexican names for all of its products derived from Náhuatl and Mayan languages.
Contorno Diseño Sólido
Brothers Carlos and Juan Pablo started their brand Contorno Diseño Solido with the aim of creating special objects of interior decoration and furniture, using natural materials such as volcanic stone, San Andrés stone, parota wood, and marble.
In their high-end, functional but sleek, and elegant designs, they recognize that each grain, crack or texture of the material is a part of its history and growth, making each of their pieces absolutely unique.
Piu Piu Home
PiuPiu is a Mexican textile design brand whose main purpose is to create beautiful handmade products using organic materials and traditional techniques. Born out of a desire to seek a slower pace of life and embrace beachy designs and interiors in the everyday, PiuPiu takes inspiration from the brilliant color pallets found on Mexico’s tropical beaches.
Lovers of travel, fun and relaxing in the sun, PiuPiu artisan made designs make the buyer feel that they are on one of Mexico’s beautiful beaches from the comfort of their home.
After her MBA Alicia Rosas set out on the quest of generating social impact through artisanal crafts. She traveled extensively around Mexico before finding two families in Olinalá, Guerrero, that she started working with. Today she employs 45 families.
Whether it be an ornate hand-painted tray, plate, box, or another kitchen accessory, Alicia D’Core’s products are made lovingly by hand through a meticulous process. Ancestral techniques and materials are preserved, whilst Alicia’s modern designs give the pieces a unique contemporary touch.
After her Furniture and Product design degree, Eslyvera traveled through Mexico studying different artisanal processes before working as aTextile Coordinator for an NGO in San Cristóbal de Las Casas.
Her brand Esly Vera Studio was born as aresult of these experiences. Be it pedal- and waist-loom-woven textiles and high-temperature ceramics from Chiapas or white clay from Amatenango del Valle, all of Eslyvera’s products fuse ancestral know-how with a slick, contemporary approach to design.
Le Voyage MX
With Le Voyage, all-around creative Fernanda Millán continues the journey in luxurious fashion started with her jewelry brand Cefeida. This time, Fernanda is inspired by the glamor of old Hollywood and the refinement of the French riviera.
Matching the 50s effortless elegance and clean designs with the best Mexican artisanal know-how, Fernanda has created a brand that exudes sophistication and elegance, reinterpreting classics such as the Hat Box to create elegant and practical bags that adapt to the way you travel.
Lovers of Mayan culture and dreamers at heart, designers Alejandra Camargo & Alex Cazola started their brand Thymesia (from hyperthymesia, a condition that leads people to remember things in great detail) to celebrate the Yucatecan tradition of hammock weaving.
Crafted with love by master artisans with over 40 years of experience, Thymesia’s hammocks will brighten up your space while gifting you with moments of pure bliss that you will treasure and remember.
Fernanda and her husband became interested in mandalas when Fernanda studied with a mandala master in North Carolina. After an exhibition in Spain, they became successful enough in Mexico to quit their day jobs and dedicate themselves to their brand Cuicari.
Cuicari means "sing to heal" in Huichol and each piece is mindfully handcrafted with Wixárika and Tibetan yarn by artisans to inspire positive awareness in the viewer and bring us closer to a more inquisitive and connected version of ourselves.
The story of Duna is the story of a chance encounter between industrial designer Mariana García & fashion designer Micaela Galvez, which developed into a beautiful friendship first, and a creative partnership later.
Named after the sensuous and ever-evolving sand dunes of the desert, their brand Duna produces high-quality, comfortable, and versatile robes made of organic fabric hand-dyed using exclusively natural pigments, which are ideally worn on the beach, in the bathroom, or on the sofa alike.
Established in Morelia, Michoacán, by Bernardo Martinez and two friends, Axoque is a Mexican design studio, focused on creating contemporary design objects and furniture in close collaboration with artisan families.
Axoque is named after a Lake Pátzcuaro salamander, locally known as achoque or the Pátzcuaro axolotl. Like the salamander adapts and regenerates to fit its climate, Axoque seeks to renew itself with each piece they create, fusing modern design with ancestral traditions and processes.
After working in Guanajuato in magazines and editorials, Graciela Padilla decided to put her marketing and design skills towards the creation of her own project, launching Catzín in 2018.
Named after the Mayan word for the acacia gaumeri, a tree endemic to the Yucatan peninsula, Catzín is dedicated to the artisanal elaboration of macramé products, from tableware to cushions to bags, using exclusively organic or recycled cotton thread sourced locally in Jalisco, Mexico.
Left with a stock of silk from her multi-generational family textile business, it was only natural for Maria Villalpando to create something of her own. Born as a spinoff of the business, her brand Cushy creates elegant, minimalist, modular cushions made out of natural fibers such as handwoven silk.
Today, Maria collaborates with artisans, brands, and artists to produce unique pieces that shine for their quality and versatility, incorporating contemporary aesthetic and classical tradition.
After working with a jeweler in Brooklyn and following a chance encounter with the wax casting technique in Mexico City, Sofia discovered a hidden passion for jewelry making.
Her brand Sofia Herrera was born out of her passion for artisanal work and the pleasure of crafting new shapes and products with every piece of wax molded by her expert hands, and then melted and shaped into beautiful silver and gold-plated jewels by the masterful hands of her silversmith Javier.
In 2009 Pola and Libia set out on a mission to discover and revive the textile traditions of Chiapas, Mexico, a land of endless cultural richness perpetuated through the centuries by generations of master artisans perfecting their weaving techniques.
Today, their brand Colorindio works with over 250 craftsmen and women, who skillfully weave their traditions, stories, symbology, and identity into each piece, which is designed by them with Pola’s help and supervision.
Fashion designer Stephania Sanchez founded Palmier in 2019 out of a passion for designing bags. Working with a team of dedicated artisans from the communities of Guerrero and Oaxaca, Palmier develops bags and accessories made of woven palm with unique designs.
Most of the materials are 100% natural and woven by master artisans who have been developing these techniques for decades, while each product is inspired by or named after the beaches and cities of Stephania’s native Baja California Sur.
Chuytikab, meaning ‘hand embroidery’ in Mayan, is a Mexican collective of women artisans from Yucatán founded in 2010 with the help of the Legorreta Hernández Foundation.
Each piece is 100% handmade with a mindful process that goes from the selection of materials to meticulous design and embroidery. Be it a tablecloth, a cushion or a bag, every one of Chuytikab’s products has a piece of its creator’s soul in it, and will directly impact its maker’s life.
Husband and wife Daniel & Deify created Makamah in 2011 out of a desire to bring more relaxation into the world. The project began with a focus on hammocks given their unique and simple pleasure, then branched out into sourcing the right makers of the product.
Daniel and Deify found their people among Mexican artisan communities, where wonders are created out of simplicity. Ten years on, Makamah is a true celebration of the raw pleasure of handmade crafts and of Mexican heritage.
Ever since childhood, Paulina Garza was fascinated by nature. As an adult, she married that with a growing passion for skincare and a will to make the small everyday moments of life a bit special.
After making organic skincare products for her personal use, she took the plunge and quit her job in marketing to focus solely on her brand Ram Ram, which today makes organic aromatherapy skincare products, handmade with love in Mexico City.
Pop Dots is a Guadalajara ceramic studio founded in 2015 by Melisa Aldrete & Luis Cárdenas, in an attempt to fuse concept and process, resulting in conceptual but utilitarian pieces of ceramics ranging from vases to pots to candleholders.
Melisa & Luis help their artisans to increase their mastery and understanding of their own craft and material, thanks to their collections as well as experimental installations that continue the dialogue between the creator, material, the process and the environment where the product lives.
In the words of Fernanda Millán, the creator of Mexican jewelry brand Cefeida, “true luxury is handmade”. Cefeida’s philosophy hails from the Cepheid variable, a star that pulses rapidly through the galaxy. This concept of light, energy and speed is one that Fernanda wants her wearer to feel when dressed in one of her pieces.
Each item is lovingly created in collaboration with master artisans using high quality materials, such as silver, gold plating and inlays of precious stones.
Quinta Quema is made up of five passionate Mexican designers from Mexico City, who through their love of ceramics and wood decided to create a brand that makes fun, fresh, and utilitarian objects.
Everything they design is inspired by elements of Mexican culture and nature, such as the vast variety of flora and fauna boasted by Mexico’s dry, rocky landscapes. Each of their beautiful plant pots and ceramic boxes will bring you closer to the heart of their beloved Mexico.
Eduardo Barrita founded Hacer Com’un as an inclusive design center and social impact project that links talented craftsmen with conscious customers, by creating objects of daily use that revive Mexico’s indigenous crafts using a range of materials such as wood, palm fibers, and copper.
Eduardo believes in the power of design as a tool for social transformation and works collaboratively with his community to use their ancestral artisanal knowledge as a means to improve their lives and build a sustainable future.
Mexican multidisciplinary artist Aldo Ávarez Tostado trained as an architect before expanding his practice to visual arts and object design. He founded his studio piedrafuego in 2013 to create interior decor items inspired by the territory and living traditions of Western Mexico.
Aldo collaborates with master artisans in six different municipalities in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, using techniques such as woodturning, ceramics, horsehair weaving, and basalt and Cantera stone carving.
Interior designer Xóchitl started her brand Pepa Knots to give voice to her love for all things creative and design, crafting unique pieces of wall decoration mixing materials like fibers, ceramics, wood, and metals.
Strongly influenced by boho decor and aiming to communicate a sense of coziness and comfort, her pieces integrate macramé knotting techniques with various materials and are all a direct representation of Xóchitl's mind, soul, and whole identity.
During his studies Industrial Designer Luis Zárate worked with various materials, but it was clay that allowed him to express his ideas with total freedom and sparked his passion for the extraordinary world of ceramics.
Zarat’s great love for his native Mexico and the wonderful natural and cultural diversity of the country were paramount to the creation of his brand Luis Zarat, which creates stunning unique pieces, ranging from plant pots to candle holders in surprising shapes and colors.
By Hand Mexico
A lover of all things Mexican and passionate about helping artisan communities, Alexa Topete used her experience in PR and Communications to launch her brand By Hand Mexico, creating beautiful textile products such as bags, tableware and cushions, handwoven and embroidered by Mexican master artisans.
By Hand Mexico works to establish close relationships between designers, makers and consumers, to generate value for all, improve the work and living conditions of the artisans, and ultimately build a better world.
Sisters Judith and Fabiola Álvarez were raised in a crafty family, with their mother actively encouraging them to create things with their hands ever since childhood. Two decades later, this resulted in Watermelon, a brand of decorative handicraft products for children.
Just like a watermelon, their products are colorful, sweet, and fresh, bringing playfulness to any child’s (or adult’s!) room. Each of their creations is painstakingly hand-stitched and absolutely unique and is sure to steal hearts and evoke happy childhood memories.
Interior designer Maria Fernanda believes homes are an extension of our identity and personalities. A bohemian at heart, she created her brand and shop Casa Bohe to showcase a wealth of artisanal crafts from Mexico and beyond.
She specializes in the creation of textiles, designed and produced with the help of makers communities in Oaxaca with 100% organic cotton strings which they hand dye with natural pigments and spin into skeins, before weaving them using the pedal loom technique.
Daniela Bustos Maya
Argentinian designer Daniela Bustos Maya launched her accessories collection in 2010. Inspired by the raw beauty of ancestral Yucatecan traditions, Daniela works with local artisans who employ traditional weaving and knitting techniques.
A juxtaposition of Mexican and Argentine cultures, DBM evokes a sense of national pride and respect into her pieces. By keeping traditional weaving and knitting techniques alive, she honors the country she now calls home without losing a sense of who she is and where she came from.
The brainchild of architect and designer Karina Herrera, Albaricoque was born in Michoacán from a passion for innovative Mexican design and a will to offer a piece of hand-woven Mexico in your space.
Products are handwoven with chuspata, a reed growing near Lake Pátzcuaro and harvested by the artisans of Ihuatzio. With a complex process of desiccation and rehydration, the artisans prepare the fibers to weave baskets, lamps, and furniture with their magical hands.
Originally from Mexico, fashion designer Michelle Herrera had the chance to follow her heart and her partner to France, where she earned the nickname of “La Mexicaine”. Consumed by the longing for her roots, she spent an introspective time of self-discovery and creativity that led her to launch her brand Coba.
Michelle’s work is about inspiring self-love and affection while sharing Mexico’s cultural heritage, through mindfully designed .925 silver jewelry with 24k gold plating, enriched by inspirational phrases engraved on every piece.
An industrial designer by profession but jewelry designer at heart, Yucatán native María José Ordoñez started her first collection for Rosa Matte in 2017 with the aim of instilling her love of art, architecture, minimalism, and organic creation into her work.
Committed to high-quality design, artisanal processes, and conscious consumerism, each piece aims to incorporate a femininity, delicacy, and strength that Ordoñez believes epitomizes the courage and power all Mexican women carry inside.
Interior designer Martina D’Acosta started sketching leather bags while working in Barcelona. Back in Mexico, she decided to pursue this passion along her interior design career and began looking for leather masters to collaborate with.
Her brand Rua was born from the synergy and romanticism of Mexico City, and blends thoughtful urban designs with quality materials and the most tried and tested manufacturing techniques, to bring you high-end bags, backpacks, and leather notebooks that will last a lifetime.
Sisters Marcela & Tania Medina firmly believe that the fusion between artisan and designer is essential to preserve artisanal traditions while adapting them to today's world.
They created their brand Duplo Design to develop homeware products that show appreciation and respect for various Mexican artisanal techniques. From volcanic stone to wood, from cotton to wool, the sisters work in collaboration with master artisans to bring you modern reinterpretations of timeless classics such as molcajetes and mezcaleros.
Darío’s love for ceramics is as old as the techniques he uses to mold clay with his sculptor’s hands. During his training, Darío became passionate about the historical transcendence of clay and created Amate Ceramica to revive pre-Columbian art.
Today, Darío works predominantly with regional clay and experiments with its different reactions to temperature and treatments, fusing two alien worlds - the prehispanic and the contemporary - to create beautiful vases and decorative pieces that transcend time becoming true works of art.
Jimena and Lorena are bound by a long-term friendship based on their shared love for Mexican crafts, arts and culture, and the willingness to help master artisans preserve their traditions while making a dignified living.
Their brand Artesano Casa was born of this innate passion, and today works closely with artisans creating copper, ceramics and textile products, in a continuous exchange of knowledge that promotes fair trade, building a space where passion and creativity can flourish and stay alive despite challenging conditions.
Architects Thalía Velasco and Walther Santiago founded their design studio Raíz in Guadalajara, Mexico, with the aim to rescue the long-standing tradition of pottery, one of the most representative Mexican artisanal techniques.
Their work blends traditional processes with contemporary design in pieces that highlight the authenticity of the clay and tangibly show human roots and their ability to stand the test of time. Their products are not just pieces of clay, they are characters who seek to tell new stories.
Mexican designer Daniel Cauno had a clear mission when he founded his brand Caunoh: help people complement their natural beauty and allow them to shine everywhere everyday, with exquisitely designed pieces of ornamental jewelry.
Using only the highest quality sterling silver, Daniel designs, prototypes and makes all his pieces by hand in his workshop in Veracruz, Mexico, occasionally helped by master artisans who specialize in silversmithing.
Cerámica San Germán
A family business with proud Jaliscan roots, Cerámica San Germán was founded in 1983 by Jaime and Julieta Bravo, who followed in the footsteps of generations of master potters who developed the characteristic Tonalá style of pottery, featuring blue and earthy tones and animal illustrations.
Today, Julieta and Jaime are joined by their children and their spouses, who moved the workshop closer to Mexico City and incorporated elements of modern design, bringing the business firmly into the 21st century.