Wednesday, 30 December 2009
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Around 700AD the Mayans built Tulum.
It was the last of the great sites built to and used as a key trading position to ship produce up and down the Mexican coast.
Its in a stunning position, and if I were to build a warehouse and office.... I couldnt think of a better vantage point.
The sea is perfect and the sand like sugar.
This hotel in Playa Del Carmen uses simple lighting and a gigantic video wall playing Casablanca on loop throughout the night.
The pool has AWAY FROM YOU spelled out on tiles below, and out of the picture there is a decked bar with cabanas and neon strip lighting.
The hotel group also have a place called Basico two blocks away and one in Mexico City called, The Condessa. All are very habitable.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
The Mexicans are a resourceful nation, here is another great example. This vertical garden not only made a great fence, but the plastic bottle containers filled with soil stack perfectly and the gaps allow small plants and mosses to grow. Ingenious.
The mexican company Helvex produces high quality, durable bathroom fixtures and fittings. They come in traditional and contemporary designs. Would be great in the UK.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
We bumped into this urban garden in old Mexico City.
They had turned a paved area into a oasis of green by filling shallow pots with grass for seating, water and pond life. Everyone, young and old was enjoying the experience.
Most interesting of all was the recycling of oil drums into homes for giant bamboo.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Modern Mexican designers love using grilles, wooden slats and straight lines to give their homes a fresh clean feel.
I really like this example near Chapultepec Park in central Mexico City, the wood adds a softness to the concrete.