Christian Vivanco is a designer stablished in Mexico City, focused on projects with a profile based on an anthropological approach and the study of the existing dialogues between product and society. His practice is divided in four main fields:
Industry. Christian is currently in charge of the Design department at Industrias Ideal, a 92 years old Mexican company focused in fixed commercial seating (cinema, theaters, colleges, churches, stadiums, etc.), being responsible of the strategy and design of products sold in 14 countries, mostly Mexico, United States, Canada and South America.
Society. Christian have developed research projects on collaborative processes in the development of handcrafts, together with craftsman families and artisan communities in north and south of Mexico for more than 6 years.
Consumer goods. Christian works together with several companies in México, Spain and South America developing products like furniture, accessories and lighting. His work has been exhibited in cities like Milan, London, Barcelona, Paris, New York and Tokyo, among other design capitals. In 2009 got selected by Wallpaper as the first Latin American designer to join its Graduate Directory, which sets out the most promising emerging young designers.
Academy. Christian has maintained and strengthened a profile distinguished by his involvement in the Academy of the country; for three years (2013-2016) he oversaw the Department of Industrial Design and Product Development of CEDIM, Mexico’s premier design and innovation school. Previously Christian taught in several universities in México.
Vivanco has been exhibited in the most important design venues in Mexico and the world. His designs have been present at events such as Salone del Mobile in Milan, Maison & Object in Paris, Design Museum in London, Designers Week in Tokyo, ICFF in New York, Frankfurt and Valencia among others.
Colección de Momentos: Diseño en Mexico 1999-2015 | Museo del Chopo, Mexico city, Mexico
La Norestense | Campamento Feria de Diseño | Guadalajara, Mexico
Industrias Ideal | Show East | Miami, U.S.A.
Industrias Ideal | CineEurope | Barcelona, Spain
Felix | Design Week Mexico | Mexico city, Mexico
Felix | Caravana Americana II | Mexico city, Mexico
Industrias Ideal | CinemaCon | Las Vegas, U.S.A.
La Norestense | Caravana Americana I | Mexico city, Mexico
Diseño en Proceso | Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura | Mexico
Sempering Exposition | XXI Triennale di Milano | Milan, Italy
Silla Mexicana: Diseño e Identidad | Museo Franz Mayer | Mexico city, Mexico
Hilos y Entramados | Centro Cultural Clavijero | Morelia, Mexico
Designs of the year | Design Museum 2015 | London, UK
Milan Design Week 2015 | Milan, Italy
Talents a la Carte | Maison & Objet 2015 | Paris, France
Traven Collection | Playtime 2015 | Paris, France
Ánfora | Zona Maco 2014 | México City, Mexico
Cooperativa Panorámica | ICFF | New York, U.S.A.
CGN | Zona Maco | Mexico City, Mexico
Las Nenas | “Colectivo Casa Gutiérrez Nájera” | Querétaro, Mexico |
Nuevo Diseño en México | Mexico City, Mexico
México City, Mexico | “CGN: Zona Maco 2012”
Querétaro, Mexico | “Colectivo Casa Gutiérrez Nájera”
México City, Mexico | “Fabrica Mexicana”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.
Valencia, Spain | “Feria Hábitat”
Querétaro, Mexico | “Cholochair en Casa Gutiérrez Nájera”
Milán, Mexico | “Feria Salone Internazionale del Mobile”
Tokyo, Japan | “Designer’s Week Tokyo”
Washington, E.U.A. | “El Cambio”
Frankfurt, Germany | “Ambiente Fair”
London, England | “Wallpaper Graduate Directory”
Christian has given several lectures in Mexico and South America sharing his work process, vision and recent projects:
IF Chile | Santiago de Chile
Universidad Anahuac | México city, México.
Universidad ICESI | Cali, Colombia.
Expo Mueble AFAMJAL 2017 | Guadalajara, México.
Universidad Autónoma | San Luis Potosí, México
Cámara de Comercio de Perú | Lima, Perú
DECODE | Monterrey, México
Universidad Iberoamericana | México city, México
National Entrepreneur Week | México city, México
Tecnológico de Monterrey | Puebla, México
CEDIM | Monterrey, México
Casa Gutiérrez Nájera | Querétaro, México
Centro de las Artes de San Agustín Etla | Oaxaca, México
Universidad Autónoma| Aguascalientes, México
Universidad Autónoma | Ciudad Juárez, México
Universidad Autónoma| Guanajuato, México
Casa Gutiérrez Nájera | Querétaro, México
Universidad Autónoma| Aguascalientes, México
Universidad Autónoma | San Luis Potosí , México
Since 2010 Christian have been involved in forming new generations of designers, trough design workshops and regular asignatures, focusing in Desigfn Theory, Semiotics, History and Projects.
2017 | Universidad Anahuac CdMx
2017 | Universidad ICESI Cali , Colombia
2016 | Camara de Comercio, Lima, Perú
2015 | Festival DECODE
2013 | Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterrey CEDIM
2012 | Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez
2012 | Casa Gutierrez Najera
2011 | Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
2011 | Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes
2011 | Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato
2010 | Instituto Europeo de Diseño | Barcelona, Spain
Books & Magazines
Christian’s projects have been selected by several publishing houses in order to be included in specialized books of contemporary industrial design. From publications which register exhibitions of design in México (Fabrica Mexicana: diseño industrial contemporaneo) to specialized books of design (Once Upon a Chair: Design beyond the icon).
We are very excited to share with you that La Norestense (Los Patrones) and Sillón Pic-Nic (Studio Roca) have been selected to be part of the book "Silla Mexicana" by the researcher Ana Elena Mallet and edited by Arquine + Secretaría de Cultura.
This book shows, through a chronological line, the history of the most relevant and symbolic objects of the furniture of our country.
Ana Elena Mallet
Sempering. Process and pattern in architecture and design
Well-designed architecture and objects always show a meaningful resonance between means and ends. Their generating process is not a neutral vehicle that leads from the idea to the result, but rather a meeting of form and material, which may take the mode of a free experiment or confirm well-tested crafting practices.
"Sempering. Process and pattern in architecture and design"
Direction: Dario Cimorelli
Art Director: Giacomo Merli
Editorial: Silvana Editoriale
Design for Happiness
Design for Happiness tells stories happiness in the viewpoint of Design. From the very basic questions "What is happiness?" or "How does design make people be happy?", The book tries to enable people to rethink the value of their precious life even thought it is very normal. This book empasises that design makes people design their own life because it is not just objects, but it is behaviour. This is real power of design . We meet design in everywhere. Design is not the unique or professional area but it is just our lives and friends.
"Design for Happiness"
Author: Jiwon Kim
Editorial: G Colon
Buy it here: G Colon
Once Upon a Chair: Furniture Beyond the Icon
Once Upon a Chair is a survey of contemporary trends in design that are influenced by craft, folklore, nature, and technology, especially as it relates to new ways of designing and manufacturing. The book is full of examples and illustrations by well-known and up-and-coming designers, many of which are featured on Daily Icon and many that will surprise and delight you.
S. Ehmann, A. Kupetz, S. Moreno, Hardback: 22.7 x 28.1 cm, 272 pages, Full Colour,
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Just Kidding! A to Z Designs for Kids & Kidults
Play is essential to all. Stimulating and amusing at once, it encourages participants to open up and learn, burying themselves in the joy of social interaction and dreams. Collecting about 100 designs and art projects infused with the essence of play, Just Kidding! presents a broad spectrum of thoughtful and creative approaches that talk to a growing child, add precious moments to a child’s growth and aspire to redefine a grown person’s life.
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De la creatividad a la Innovación: 200 Diseñadores Mexicanos
La finalidad de esta singular publicación es mostrar que en México hay una gran capacidad creativa, misma que permite diseñar desde incubadoras para recién nacidos hasta lavadoras ecológicas, pasando por autos deportivos y bolsas para dama. diseños que —por su concepto, componentes o proceso de elaboración— pueden ser considerados no solo como propuestas alternativas, sino como verdaderas innovaciones. El libro presenta una excelente muestra del trabajo de mas de 200 diseñadores de México y se enfoca en el Diseño Industrial, el Diseño Gráfico, el Diseño de Moda y el Diseño de Interiores, realizados dentro y fuera del país.
Buy it here: Designio
Fábrica mexicana: diseño industrial contemporáneo.
Este libro acompaña a la muestra que ofreció una lectura crítica y reflexiva del panorama del diseño contemporáneo en México, a través de la praxis como la investigación, los proyectos y el diseño de objetos, bajo la coordinación curatorial de Graciela Kasep.
Buy it here: Iber Libro