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You will soon be able to consult the complete Archivo collection, including our permanent design Collection and our Library.

Archivo is the only space in Mexico dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and rethinking design and architecture.

Archivo is focused on researching and advocating design, as well as in exploring its history and evolution, questioning its principles, and exploiting its potential as a tool for everyday transformation.

Through our permanent collection—consisting of 1,800 objects, a specialized library, and a dynamic program of research, exhibitions, and activities, Archivo has established itself as a pioneering space and an essential reference for design and architecture in Mexico and abroad.

 

VISIT US
General Francisco Ramírez 4
Ampliación Daniel Garza
Mexico City
11840

HOURS

Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 6 pm
Saturday
10 am – 2 pm

COST

free admission

TRANSPORT

metro
Constituyentes
metrobus
Parque Lira
Ecobici
Múzquiz 188

GUIDED TOURS

make an appointment by e-mail or telephone
CONTACT US

general

e-mail
info@archivo.design
phone
+52 (55) 2614 1063

DIRECTOR & CURATOR

Mario
Ballesteros

ASSISTANT CURATORS

Pedro
Ceñal Murga
Alejandro
Olávarri

LIBRARY AND STORE

Adriana
Aguilar
FOLLOW US

SOCIAL

NEWSLETTER

PRESS MATERIALS

FAQS

RESEARCH

Our collection is a resource that we extend to all public as a research tool. You can consult it in the Open Archive in our normal schedule. For the library, we recommend that you make an appointment by sending us an email where you specify the topics you are looking for.

VOLUNTEERING

Archivo seeks volunteers all year. If you are passionate about design and want to be part of the team, check our programs here.

EVENTS

We rent our space to carry out private or public events. Send your proposal to info@archivo.design

WEB CREDITS

design: Alejandro Olávarri
realization: dupla.mx

WHY ARCHIVO?

Archivo is not your typical archive. Instead of simply organizing and preserving documents that are only accessible to specialists, we want to produce new readings, perspectives, and ideas regarding material culture in its broadest sense, without restricting ourselves to categorical definitions or expert knowledge.

We are not a repository of records and documents, but of artifacts, testimonies, activations, and any sort of exploration about design. Archivo is an open archive: our storage rooms are accessible and our catalog is open; we share our resources, and we make our processes public.

We see Archivo as the raw material for learning and experimenting with design and architecture, a source of inspiration for designers, where curiosity, knowledge, and critical thought are instilled.

 

HOW DOES ARCHIVO WORK?

Archivo reasserts the relevance of design in our daily lives. We are pioneers in researching and exhibiting design in Mexico and we offer a unique study collection of everyday design. We’ve broken down our SPACE and work into three areas of activity:

 

  1. COLLECTING design:

From our foundation, Archivo has focused on acquiring, cataloging, and preserving a permanent collection of popular and industrial design as well as limited edition objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Convinced that there is a difference between interacting with an object and seeing a representation of it in a book or website, we decided to open our archive in 2016, through Archivo Abierto—our open storage, consultation, and exhibition area, allowing anyone to see our collection up close and to interact with the pieces.

The other half of our permanent collection is the Archivo library, which specializes in architecture, art, and design. It is divided into two: the Personal Collection of Enrique del Moral (CEM) and the Archivo Collection (CAD). Both can be perused in our Reading Room.

You can also explore our entire collections (both the object collection and the library) in our online catalogue.

 

  1. EXHIBITING design:

Design and architecture are meant to be used and experienced, not displayed in a museum or gallery space. So, how and why do we exhibit design?

For Archivo, the answer to this question changes and adapts as time pases and according to different scenarios, but we generally believe that the practice of exhibiting design is important to rediscover histories, make processes public, and to go beyond the surface of a finished product. Our purpose is to strip design from any sense of mystery trying to tie it to a broader discussion regarding cultural and collective processes.

Our exhibitions delve into these concerns and attempt to push their boundaries: they question the nature of authorship in design and the relevance of process; they reveal the engineering logics behind a common artifact or blur the object-based focus of design; they reactivate historical memories, and seek to redefine the relationship between design and contemporary life in Mexico.

You can explore a complete history of our past exhibitions, learn more about our current shows, or discover the ones we have planned for the future.

 

  1. RETHINKING design:

Archivo seeks to inspire and encourage people to think design in non-traditional ways, to break disciplinary boundaries, and to create a broader view of the practice and its contexts, processes, histories, uses, and impacts.

Archivo is both a practical and educational resource for students and professionals, as well as a space that introduces a broader audience to design and material culture.

We generate and promote original and informed perspectives through a range of formats that are accessible to everyone: research projects and publications, opinion pieces, workshops and collaborations, and even informal gatherings and other kinds of activities.

HOW CAN YOU USE ARCHIVO?

Archivo is an exhibition space, as well as a research and gathering space; entrance is free of charge and open to the public. We want you to visit Archivo, but we especially want you to use Archivo. We want you to see our exhibitions and spend the day reading our books in the Reading Room or in the garden, having a coffee. We invite you to use our archive for your research or school project, or to participate in one of our conversations and workshops.

We may be a small, independent space, but we offer a considerable variety of resources and activities, as well as an ambitious program, and original, quality cultural offerings.

You can collaborate with Archivo through our volunteer program. If you are part of the design community in Mexico and you have a project or a collaboration proposal that involves Archivo, you can also contact us.

Sometimes we offer spaces for private events. If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot, a book launch, a dinner or a private event in Archivo, you can request information through our e-mail: info@archivo.design.

STORY

Archivo is the only space in Mexico dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and rethinking design and architecture.

Archivo is focused on researching and advocating design, as well as in exploring its history and evolution, questioning its principles, and exploiting its potential as a tool for everyday transformation.

Through our permanent collection—consisting of 1,800 objects, a specialized library, and a dynamic program of research, exhibitions, and activities, Archivo has established itself as a pioneering space and an essential reference for design and architecture in Mexico and abroad.

 

WHY ARCHIVO?

Archivo is not your typical archive. Instead of simply organizing and preserving documents that are only accessible to specialists, we want to produce new readings, perspectives, and ideas regarding material culture in its broadest sense, without restricting ourselves to categorical definitions or expert knowledge.

We are not a repository of records and documents, but of artifacts, testimonies, activations, and any sort of exploration about design. Archivo is an open archive: our storage rooms are accessible and our catalog is open; we share our resources, and we make our processes public.

We see Archivo as the raw material for learning and experimenting with design and architecture, a source of inspiration for designers, where curiosity, knowledge, and critical thought are instilled.

 

HOW DOES ARCHIVO WORK?

Archivo reasserts the relevance of design in our daily lives. We are pioneers in researching and exhibiting design in Mexico and we offer a unique study collection of everyday design. We’ve broken down our SPACE and work into three areas of activity:

 

  1. COLLECTING design:

From our foundation, Archivo has focused on acquiring, cataloging, and preserving a permanent collection of popular and industrial design as well as limited edition objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Convinced that there is a difference between interacting with an object and seeing a representation of it in a book or website, we decided to open our archive in 2016, through Archivo Abierto—our open storage, consultation, and exhibition area, allowing anyone to see our collection up close and to interact with the pieces.

The other half of our permanent collection is the Archivo library, which specializes in architecture, art, and design. It is divided into two: the Personal Collection of Enrique del Moral (CEM) and the Archivo Collection (CAD). Both can be perused in our Reading Room.

You can also explore our entire collections (both the object collection and the library) in our online catalogue.

 

  1. EXHIBITING design:

Design and architecture are meant to be used and experienced, not displayed in a museum or gallery space. So, how and why do we exhibit design?

For Archivo, the answer to this question changes and adapts as time pases and according to different scenarios, but we generally believe that the practice of exhibiting design is important to rediscover histories, make processes public, and to go beyond the surface of a finished product. Our purpose is to strip design from any sense of mystery trying to tie it to a broader discussion regarding cultural and collective processes.

Our exhibitions delve into these concerns and attempt to push their boundaries: they question the nature of authorship in design and the relevance of process; they reveal the engineering logics behind a common artifact or blur the object-based focus of design; they reactivate historical memories, and seek to redefine the relationship between design and contemporary life in Mexico.

You can explore a complete history of our past exhibitions, learn more about our current shows, or discover the ones we have planned for the future.

 

  1. RETHINKING design:

Archivo seeks to inspire and encourage people to think design in non-traditional ways, to break disciplinary boundaries, and to create a broader view of the practice and its contexts, processes, histories, uses, and impacts.

Archivo is both a practical and educational resource for students and professionals, as well as a space that introduces a broader audience to design and material culture.

We generate and promote original and informed perspectives through a range of formats that are accessible to everyone: research projects and publications, opinion pieces, workshops and collaborations, and even informal gatherings and other kinds of activities.

HOW CAN YOU USE ARCHIVO?

Archivo is an exhibition space, as well as a research and gathering space; entrance is free of charge and open to the public. We want you to visit Archivo, but we especially want you to use Archivo. We want you to see our exhibitions and spend the day reading our books in the Reading Room or in the garden, having a coffee. We invite you to use our archive for your research or school project, or to participate in one of our conversations and workshops.

We may be a small, independent space, but we offer a considerable variety of resources and activities, as well as an ambitious program, and original, quality cultural offerings.

You can collaborate with Archivo through our volunteer program. If you are part of the design community in Mexico and you have a project or a collaboration proposal that involves Archivo, you can also contact us.

Sometimes we offer spaces for private events. If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot, a book launch, a dinner or a private event in Archivo, you can request information through our e-mail: info@archivo.design.

Search

You will soon be able to consult the complete Archivo collection, including our permanent design Collection and our Library.

Archivo is the only space in Mexico dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and rethinking design and architecture.

Archivo is focused on researching and advocating design, as well as in exploring its history and evolution, questioning its principles, and exploiting its potential as a tool for everyday transformation.

Through our permanent collection—consisting of 1,800 objects, a specialized library, and a dynamic program of research, exhibitions, and activities, Archivo has established itself as a pioneering space and an essential reference for design and architecture in Mexico and abroad.

 

VISIT US
General Francisco Ramírez 4
Ampliación Daniel Garza
Mexico City
11840

HOURS

Tuesday – Friday
10 am – 6 pm
Saturday
10 am – 2 pm

COST

free admission

TRANSPORT

metro
Constituyentes
metrobus
Parque Lira
Ecobici
Múzquiz 188

GUIDED TOURS

make an appointment by e-mail or telephone
CONTACT US

general

e-mail
info@archivo.design
phone
+52 (55) 2614 1063

DIRECTOR & CURATOR

Mario
Ballesteros

ASSISTANT CURATORS

Pedro
Ceñal Murga
Alejandro
Olávarri

LIBRARY AND STORE

Adriana
Aguilar
FOLLOW US

SOCIAL

NEWSLETTER

PRESS MATERIALS

FAQS

RESEARCH

Our collection is a resource that we extend to all public as a research tool. You can consult it in the Open Archive in our normal schedule. For the library, we recommend that you make an appointment by sending us an email where you specify the topics you are looking for.

VOLUNTEERING

Archivo seeks volunteers all year. If you are passionate about design and want to be part of the team, check our programs here.

EVENTS

We rent our space to carry out private or public events. Send your proposal to info@archivo.design

WEB CREDITS

design: Alejandro Olávarri
realization: dupla.mx

WHY ARCHIVO?

Archivo is not your typical archive. Instead of simply organizing and preserving documents that are only accessible to specialists, we want to produce new readings, perspectives, and ideas regarding material culture in its broadest sense, without restricting ourselves to categorical definitions or expert knowledge.

We are not a repository of records and documents, but of artifacts, testimonies, activations, and any sort of exploration about design. Archivo is an open archive: our storage rooms are accessible and our catalog is open; we share our resources, and we make our processes public.

We see Archivo as the raw material for learning and experimenting with design and architecture, a source of inspiration for designers, where curiosity, knowledge, and critical thought are instilled.

 

HOW DOES ARCHIVO WORK?

Archivo reasserts the relevance of design in our daily lives. We are pioneers in researching and exhibiting design in Mexico and we offer a unique study collection of everyday design. We’ve broken down our SPACE and work into three areas of activity:

 

  1. COLLECTING design:

From our foundation, Archivo has focused on acquiring, cataloging, and preserving a permanent collection of popular and industrial design as well as limited edition objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. Convinced that there is a difference between interacting with an object and seeing a representation of it in a book or website, we decided to open our archive in 2016, through Archivo Abierto—our open storage, consultation, and exhibition area, allowing anyone to see our collection up close and to interact with the pieces.

The other half of our permanent collection is the Archivo library, which specializes in architecture, art, and design. It is divided into two: the Personal Collection of Enrique del Moral (CEM) and the Archivo Collection (CAD). Both can be perused in our Reading Room.

You can also explore our entire collections (both the object collection and the library) in our online catalogue.

 

  1. EXHIBITING design:

Design and architecture are meant to be used and experienced, not displayed in a museum or gallery space. So, how and why do we exhibit design?

For Archivo, the answer to this question changes and adapts as time pases and according to different scenarios, but we generally believe that the practice of exhibiting design is important to rediscover histories, make processes public, and to go beyond the surface of a finished product. Our purpose is to strip design from any sense of mystery trying to tie it to a broader discussion regarding cultural and collective processes.

Our exhibitions delve into these concerns and attempt to push their boundaries: they question the nature of authorship in design and the relevance of process; they reveal the engineering logics behind a common artifact or blur the object-based focus of design; they reactivate historical memories, and seek to redefine the relationship between design and contemporary life in Mexico.

You can explore a complete history of our past exhibitions, learn more about our current shows, or discover the ones we have planned for the future.

 

  1. RETHINKING design:

Archivo seeks to inspire and encourage people to think design in non-traditional ways, to break disciplinary boundaries, and to create a broader view of the practice and its contexts, processes, histories, uses, and impacts.

Archivo is both a practical and educational resource for students and professionals, as well as a space that introduces a broader audience to design and material culture.

We generate and promote original and informed perspectives through a range of formats that are accessible to everyone: research projects and publications, opinion pieces, workshops and collaborations, and even informal gatherings and other kinds of activities.

HOW CAN YOU USE ARCHIVO?

Archivo is an exhibition space, as well as a research and gathering space; entrance is free of charge and open to the public. We want you to visit Archivo, but we especially want you to use Archivo. We want you to see our exhibitions and spend the day reading our books in the Reading Room or in the garden, having a coffee. We invite you to use our archive for your research or school project, or to participate in one of our conversations and workshops.

We may be a small, independent space, but we offer a considerable variety of resources and activities, as well as an ambitious program, and original, quality cultural offerings.

You can collaborate with Archivo through our volunteer program. If you are part of the design community in Mexico and you have a project or a collaboration proposal that involves Archivo, you can also contact us.

Sometimes we offer spaces for private events. If you are interested in hosting a photo shoot, a book launch, a dinner or a private event in Archivo, you can request information through our e-mail: info@archivo.design.

STORY

About

The history of Archivo goes back to the mission of its founders —Fernando Romero and Soumaya Slim— to create one of the first comprehensive collections of popular and industrial design in Mexico. Inspired by their deep interest in design as well as a desire to contribute to the vitality of contemporary culture in Mexico, Archivo began by acquiring pieces for its permanent design collection,the backbone of the project.

2008-2012

Regina Pozo joined Archivo in 2008, and together with a small research team, the collection began to take shape through an intensive process of acquisitions. Initially, the collection was stored in Francisco Ramírez #5, the former residence of the architect Enrique del Moral, and also headquarters of Laboratorio de la Ciudad de México (LCM)—Fernando Romero’s first office—and currently hosts Labor, a contemporary art gallery. With the help of prominent advisors from the design world such as Ana Elena Mallet and Ambra Medda, the idea of a collection with a potential public dimension took root.

 

2012-2015

In 2012, Archivo found a new permanent home across the street at Francisco Ramírez #4, an adapted modernist house built in 1952 by architect and artist Arturo Chávez Paz. Archivo opened its doors in April 2012 with two exhibitions: Happiness is a hot (and cold) sponge, curated by Guillermo Santamarina, and Phonosystems, organized by Regina Pozo. Initially, the exhibition program, with 9 shows between 2012 and 2015, focused on the exploration of the permanent collection through the eyes of guest curators, such as PRODUCTORA, Manuel Raeder, and Cecilia León de la Barra.

 

The Archivo library was formally incorporated into the collection in 2012, but the cataloging process was completed until 2017. The acquisition of approximately 1,200 volumes from the personal library of architect Enrique del Moral—one of the most prolific and influential Mexican architects of the 20th century—with the addition of 500 contemporary publications from the collection of Fernando Romero, as well as  a book acquisition program related to exhibitions and research projects, has created a unique and intimate library, relevant to the understanding of international art, architecture and design from a Mexican perspective.

 

2015 – today

In the last few years, the public dimension of Archivo has grown in both its reach and ambitions. In 2015, Mario Ballesteros became director and curator and broadened the scope of the program, particularly through combined research / exhibition / publication projects, such as Archivo(s) and México Ciudad Diseño. Archivo has also established itself as a space for gathering, analysis and debate with the creation of our open archive (Archivo Abierto), the activation of our library through the Reading Room, the launch  of our shope and café, as well as a dynamic public program.

 

2008 – 2012

photo: Adam Wiseman
photo: Adam Wiseman
photo: Adam Wiseman
photo: Adam Wiseman
photo: Adam Wiseman
years
2008 – 2012
location
Francisco Ramírez #5

 

2012 – 2015

Archivo Pavillion
photo: Onnis Luque
"The letter E is everywhere inauguration"
Archivo's collection after its relocation
photo: Adam Wiseman
(ESPAÑOL) Territorio Urbano 2013:en]Territorio Urbano 2013
photo: Rafael Gamo
Archivo's façade
photo: Adam Wiseman
"Phonosystems" inauguration
photo: Adam Wiseman
"Happiness is a Hot (and Cold) Sponge." inauguration
photo: Adam Wiseman
"Happiness is a Hot (and Cold) Sponge." inauguration
photo: Adam Wiseman
"The letter E is everywhere inauguration"
photo: Ricardo Bernal
years
2012 – 2015
direction
Regina Pozo
collection
1500
exhibitions
9
location
Francisco Ramírez #4

2015 – today

(ESPAÑOL) Armado del "Soweto" para la exposición "MXCD02"
photo: Emilio Díaz
photo: Edwina Portocarrero
Archivo Summer 2016
photo: Mario Ballesteros
photo: Ana Cárdenas
"Archivo Italia" inauguration
photo: PJ Rountree
First days of the Café Archivo
photo: PJ Rountree
"Open Archive: The Chiars for El Eco" inauguration
photo: Emilio Díaz
photo: Emilio Díaz
"Archivo(s) Hotel Camino Real" inauguration
photo: Ramiro Chaves
"Mexico Design City 01 Present" inauguration
"Design in Process" inauguration
photo: Diego Padilla
"Design in Process" inauguration
photo: Diego Padilla
years
2015 – today
direction
Mario Ballesteros
collection
1800
exhibitions
9
location
Francisco Ramírez #4