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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 project 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.

 

LOCATION
General Francisco Ramírez 4
Ampliación Daniel Garza
Mexico City
11840

(ESPAÑOL) TRANSPORTE

(ESPAÑOL) metro
(ESPAÑOL) Constituyentes
(ESPAÑOL) metrobús
(ESPAÑOL) Parque Lira
(ESPAÑOL) ecobici
(ESPAÑOL) Múzquiz 188

CONTACT US

general

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

DIRECTOR

ASSISTANT CURATOR

Pedro
Ceñal Murga

PROJECTS MANAGER

Roberto
Arriaga Martinez
FOLLOW US

SOCIAL

NEWSLETTER

PRESS MATERIALS

FAQS

RESEARCH

Our collection is a resource that we extend to all public as a research tool. We’ll share information about its relocation soon. 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.

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 Chairs For El Eco

Archivo is the only project 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 project 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.

 

LOCATION
General Francisco Ramírez 4
Ampliación Daniel Garza
Mexico City
11840

(ESPAÑOL) TRANSPORTE

(ESPAÑOL) metro
(ESPAÑOL) Constituyentes
(ESPAÑOL) metrobús
(ESPAÑOL) Parque Lira
(ESPAÑOL) ecobici
(ESPAÑOL) Múzquiz 188

CONTACT US

general

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

DIRECTOR

ASSISTANT CURATOR

Pedro
Ceñal Murga

PROJECTS MANAGER

Roberto
Arriaga Martinez
FOLLOW US

SOCIAL

NEWSLETTER

PRESS MATERIALS

FAQS

RESEARCH

Our collection is a resource that we extend to all public as a research tool. We’ll share information about its relocation soon. 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.

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 Chairs For El Eco

Exhibition view
photo: Yannick Wegner
Pilar Pellicer posing next to a set of 'Silla Danza', 1953
photo: Jesús Yñiguez Híjar
image: Alejandro Olávarri
Exhibition view
photo: Yannick Wegner
Simon Starling standing next to 'Silla Archivo', 2015
source: Jimena Acosta y Emiliano Godoy
Detalle de estructura de la 'Silla Tránsito'
photo: Diego Padilla
Exhibition view
photo: Yannick Wegner
Vectorized outline of the 'Desk Chair' photographed at Mathias Goeritz's house
Exhibition view
photo: Yannick Wegner
Mathias Goeritz in his studio sitting on a 'Silla Escritorio'
source: 'Artes de México' 116
image: Alejandro Olávarri
photo: Diego Padilla
photo: Diego Padilla

In 1952 Mathias Goeritz was invited by the entrepreneur and patron Daniel Mont to design a building guided by the artist’s creative expression, giving him absolute freedom over design and programmatic decisions. The Museo Experimental El Eco (El Eco Experimental Museum) opened in 1953. Goeritz conceived a space that sought to exalt the emotions of visitors through its architecture but also through different expressions and artistic experiences that occupied its interiors.

 

Prior to its opening, the aspiring dancer Pilar Pellicer was photographed in El Eco improvising a series of movements and postures around low wooden chairs with curved backs in the form of horns. El Eco was closed for a few weeks after this session due to the sudden death of Daniel Mont. The project took an erratic course and the programmatic transformations suffered by the venue in the following decades –restaurant, cabaret, gay bar, university theater– brought with it the gradual disappearance of the pieces that it housed.

 

When El Eco reopened in 2005, a chair whose design was coined to Goeritz and Daniel Mont became part of the first exhibition. Its backrest and seat resembled the chairs shown in the photographs of 1953 but the structure was different. In subsequent years, new versions of this chair started circulating in exhibitions, publications and digital media, as Chair for El Eco, varying from model to model and now as iconic design objects.

 

Archivo commissioned a reproduction of this chair in 2011, featured in its opening exhibition and then integrated into its permanent collection. Departing from this model, The chairs for El Eco brings together records of chairs that have been adopted by the popular imagination as Chair for El Eco.

 

The chairs for El Eco seeks to stimulate a critical perspective in ikt that allows him to generate his own speculations around the multiple questions that surround the Chair for El Eco. This research exercise gathers –from a kind of modern archeology composed of testimonies, documents and visual references– fragments of the impact of Mathias Goeritz and the El Eco on the culture of his time and the subsequent decades .

 

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title
The Chairs For El Eco
dates
MAR.25.17 – JUL.15.17
research
Pedro Ceñal, Alejandro Olávarri, Aldo Rojas
exhibition design
Germen Estudio
visual communication
Alejandro Olávarri
gallery
Archivo Abierto

Archivo Abierto opened with Las sillas para El Eco, an exhibition that breaks down the myths and avatars of a chair designed by Mathias Goeritz and Daniel Mont for the El Eco Experimental Museum in 1952-53.

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