World Design Capital
Issey Miyake said that: “Design is not for philosophizing, but for life”, and precisely this kind of collective consciousness is the one that is awakening in the entire world, creating a true culture of design that starts to model the esthetical values that will determine a future where it is essential; as well as being an element of origin and not of end.
And precisely, as a recognition of this new intelligence, is that for the past years, some countries have been named as World Design Capitals, honoring them with that distinction due to their efforts towards a new way of living design, inserting it into each layer of their societies. This 2018, no one else than Mexico, has that distinction.
The Other World Design Capitals
The importance of being World Design Capital, can be better understood through other emblematic countries, such is the case of Helsinki, World Design Capital in 2012, and where design is an omnipresent word in the lives of its inhabitants, they breathe and evolve at its rhythm, marking each one of its spaces with a beauty and creativity that do not leave any doubt that design runs in their veins.
Another classic example is Torino as World Design Capital in 2008, showing that hosting this event is not only a showcase for new talents or trends, but also, to demonstrate that a true design culture is based in an advanced urban policy, conscious of sustainability and respect for natural environments, but also, of its true root that has to be found from the conceptualization of spaces to its impact on society.
Mexico is Named World Design Capital 2018
This coherence between design and nature, has been found by the International Council of Industrial Design Societies in our own country, being named as World Design Capital for 2018, confirming the privileged place in beauty that we always had: a millenary one, full of shades and differences that conform a unique totality of richness in esthetical resources.
And finally, this have managed to extend into our present, one decorated by a growing circle of art and design, where our society is awakening towards the concept of design not as luxury, but as a true need for common well-being and as a standard of the relationship between Mexican cosmology and its insertion in the world.
The Offering of Mexico as World Design Capital 2018
Mexico will show all its palpable and joyful elements to the senses for design; from the incorporation of traditional materials and processes that are unique in the world, to its combination with the most avant-garde international visions, without never losing the essence of Mexicanity.
Folk art and craftsmanship will take everyone on a journey of fabrics, multicolored embroideries, ceramics, metal work, carving techniques, saddlery, cabinetmaking, and an innumerable number of ancestral searches of the beautiful; all superbly combined with a present full of techniques, industrial trends, and new designs, that merge into a unique and admired setting.
Mexico: Creative Territory
This is how, as World Design Capital for 2018, we will have a year full of academic events, expositions, and inclusively, local programs that will search for alliances with all the universities to show only the best; from public policies that favor design, to unique manufacturing processes, which will let us see the true nuances of its depth.
Beyond this, we will count with the big ones of Mexican design, showing the best of themselves and the reason of their worldwide position; we can mention since now, the new vision of craftmanship of David Pompa, the young and fresh narrative of Pirwi, the incredible interiorism of Hector Esrawe, the passion for textiles of Déjate Querer, or the integrity of MOB, each one showing itself as only a small link of Mexican greatness in design, interiorism, and art.
The Necessity of Design
Being the World Design Capital for 2018 is the opportunity to present a revolutionized Mexico, where design stopped being an extra element for a home, becoming an inherent necessity of our spaces, which need not only a materialization, but also, a soul that accompanies them.
All this seasoned with a new awareness towards sustainability, functionality, problem solving, and of course, full of a new esthetical search that impacts and speaks of ourselves; Mexico before the world as a design standard.
Design is applied to try – the opposite of chance,
and the antidote of the accident.
Robert L. Peters