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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.

THE HOUSE

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.

THE HOUSE

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Archivo is located in a modernist house built in 1952 by artist and architect Arturo Chávez Paz, located on General Francisco Ramírez street, next to Casa Estudio Luis Barragán, in the traditional neighborhood of Tacubaya.

Behind the bright blue door on General Francisco Ramírez surrounded by a concrete wall with a grid of small windows, visitors will discover the house and Archivo’s garden.

 

Archivo is housed in a modernist residence built in 1952 by artist, designer, and architect Arturo Chávez Paz, a little known creator whostudied architecture in UNAM for a few years, but left before graduating in order to focus onother artistic endeavors: graphics, illustration, painting, and design. For many years, Arturo Chávez Paz collaborated with Alfredo Ortega—the famous silversmith who in 1940 purchased the house that Barragán built and occupied for many years in Francisco Ramírez #20, currently known as Casa Ortega—creating graphics for the printed ads of Platería Ortega and designing experimental displays for his shop in Avenida 5 de mayo. In 1952, while Barragán was traveling through Europe and North Africa, the Ortega family commissioned Chávez Paz to design the only two houses he ever built: Francisco Ramírez number 13 and number 4, where Archivo is currently located.

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This house was built next to Casa Estudio Luis Barragán on land that was once owned by Barragán. Our garden is one of the remaining four gardens originally designed by Barragán on General Francisco Ramírez street; and initially connected through a door to the amazing gardens of Casa Ortega. Regardless of this close connection to Barragán, the Archivo house is a very different adaptation of Modernism to a Mexican context. In his designs, Chávez Paz experiments with modern life referencing the so-called International Style. Different areas of the house offer glimpses of Chávez Paz’s great admiration for the architecture of Le Corbusier. The concrete façade is reminiscent of the windows in the Unité d’Habitation de Marseille, while the exposed concrete columns echo the Mill Owner’s Association Building in Ahmedabad, and the volume in the rooftop mimics the Villa Savoye.

 

After more than fifty years of being used as a family home, Fernando Romero purchased the house in 2010; originally to expand his office, and eventually as the permanent space for Archivo. The house was adapted to become an exhibition and cultural space with specific modifications—including the entrance tunnel and the winding access ramp, but always respecting its scale and distinctive domestic character.

 

HISTORY

living room perspective, Arturo Chávez Paz
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
living room perspective, Arturo Chávez Paz
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
playroom perspective, Arturo Chávez Paz
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
interiors
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
rooftop view
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
collection: Arq. José Manuel Bárcena
street number
4
year of construction
1952
architect
Arturo Chávez Paz
mts
660m2

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