This month, we’re putting a spotlight on a country known for its gorgeous beaches, excellent food, and lively culture: Mexico. It’s a country that isn’t just on our mind for its promise of warmth and escape, but also for its incredible design scene, past and present. Though today, cities like Oaxaca, Tulum, and Sayulita have thriving design scenes that produce cutting-edge décor which pay homage to ancient techniques and materials, we’re fascinated by Mexico’s mid-century period — an era where rich color met innovative forms, shapes, and worldly influences.
The boom in design during the mid-century was perhaps made possible by two things: The tradition of arts (Mexico has a long history of skilled artisans going back to the Mayan and Aztec civilizations), but also from the influx of emigrants and refugees that followed from the wars in Europe. Mexico welcomed those who had to leave their native countries of Germany, France, Spain, and other European countries — and many were artists, designers, and architects. Educated in Europe and the United States, these new residents brought with them a wealth of knowledge and new points of view.
Collaborations flourished in Mexico, where apprentices learned from talented local artisans, fostering new ideas. Many pieces were custom-made instead of mass-produced, making furniture closer in spirit to a work of art. Again, because of the different cultural points of view, you’ll notice a wide range of influences in pieces created during this time — from Asian to the Bauhaus movement, Art Deco to Modern, the International movement to Pre-Hispanic.
Today, there’s been a distinct uptick in interest in Mid-Century Mexican design, led by prominent antiques dealers and designers. Interested in starting your own collection? Take a look at these fantastic vintage pieces currently for sale at Viyet:
Created by Danish Mid-Century Modern innovator Erik Buck, these vintage bar stools have gorgeous teak hardwood frames with faux black leather upholstery. Curated by Ambianic, their sleek 1960s style has a timeless appeal that would look spectacular at any home bar or breakfast counter. Sold in a set of two.