Mark Grattan and Adam Caplowe’s inaugural collection for Vidivixi included marble‚ glass‚ and bronze pieces that took their cue from Mexico City.
Although Grattan‚ 35‚ and Caplowe‚ 28‚ started out in two of the world’s top design hubs—New York and London‚ respectively—the duo say Mexico City is where they truly found their footing.
“The design scene here is growing rapidly‚” says Caplowe. Adds Grattan: “It gives young designers the space to explore and experiment but without the financial constraints found in many other large capitals.”
The pair’s pieces are inspired by Mexico City’s Art Deco and tropical modern architecture. A highlight is the Docked en Río bed‚ which—aided by Pia Riverola’s artful photography—turned the walnut bed’s cotton-upholstered folded frame into an Internet sensation.
The designers are currently working on a new collection and showroom‚ both of which will debut during Design Week Mexico in October.
Learn why Grattan would like to be an antiques dealer in another life, and read his other responses to our Q&A, below.
Hometown: Hudson, New York
Current Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Describe what you make in 140 characters. I make furniture and other functional objects. In a future life, instead of making things, I would like to be an antiques dealer.
What’s the last thing you designed? Most recently, a new jewelry store in Mexico City. I was expecting a chilled out summer, but lately I’ve been designing al. I’m designing the new showroom, a new collection of furniture, and a new apartment kitchen.
Do you have a daily creative ritual? Intense exercise is my daily creative ritual, but it’s more like an obsession. It helps me clear my head and makes space for new ideas for solving design problems.
How do you procrastinate? Instagram
What everyday object would you like to redesign? Why? I think a lot of everyday objects are well designed and intuitive. However, I would like to see some objects removed from the world, such as plastic bottles and styrofoam cups.
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