The Studio

(San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 1983). 

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.

About the studio

Christian Vivanco runs a small studio established in Mexico City, dedicated to design authentic and differentiated products through a narrative congruent with the reality we inhabit, always contributing positive and enriching experiences towards a desirable future where well-being is desired and perceived in the individual and the collective levels.

Since its inception, the studio has prioritized a local approach, enriching its projects through a constant dialogue with producers, intermediaries and consumers in Mexico for the whole world; the cultural richness of such a diverse country, in constant change and development as it is Mexico nurtures Christian Vivanco’s products in a contemporary plane far away from the regular Mexican and Latin American clichés.

The relationship with small and medium scale local producers guarantees sincere and real products, made with love and dedication to add value to the space they inhabit, promoting moments, stories and good memories.

 
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Clients

Christian Vivanco has participated in projects with several enterprises and industries of México, and the world, developing products and research in direct collaboration with both local companies and international corporate.

 
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Services

We are a small strategic design consultancy, focused in identifying opportunities to execution and beyond, working in custom assembled projects for each client and program. We feel comfortable being challenged by all scale of projects, collaborating with craftsmen, engineers, technicians, fabricators, manufacturers and builders to get ideas into production.

Strategic Consultancy.

We know how to work together with incoming and established companies identifying business opportunities and exploring new markets possibilities, developing clear and actionable strategies to achieve big leaps forward.

Creative Direction.

We believe that design must go from the inside of every company, so we work together with our clients designing not only groundbreaking product but guidelines and processes to warranty a constant innovation.

Product Development.

We believe in the importance of working closely and hand in hand with our clients; We promote the generation of internal projects designing  a better internal culture where design is part of the DNA of our clients.

Trend Research.

Our day to day is characterized by a deep and clear understanding of the latest trends in consumption, technology and culture in the face of the development of cutting-edge products, offering our customers certainty about the future.

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Exhibitions

2018
Born & Raised | Maison & Objet 2018 | Paris, France
Diseño en Mexico 1999-2015 | Museo del Chopo, Mexico city, Mexico
La Norestense | Campamento Feria de Diseño | Guadalajara, Mexico
Industrias Ideal | CinemaCon | Las Vegas, U.S.A.

2017
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

2016
Sempering Exposition | XXI Triennale di Milano | Milan, Italy
Diseño en Proceso | Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura | Mexico
Silla Mexicana: Diseño e Identidad | Museo Franz Mayer | Mexico city, Mexico
Hilos y Entramados | Centro Cultural Clavijero | Morelia, Mexico

2015
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

2014
Ánfora | Zona Maco 2014 | México City, Mexico

2013
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

2012
Feria Hábitat | Valencia, Spain
CGN: Zona Maco 2012 | México City, Mexico
Colectivo Casa Gutiérrez Nájera | Querétaro, Mexico
Fabrica Mexicana | Museo de Arte Contemporáneo | México City, Mexico

2011
Feria Salone Internazionale del Mobile | Milán, Italy
Cholochair en Casa Gutiérrez Nájera | Querétaro, Mexico

2010
Designer’s Week Tokyo | Tokyo, Japan
El Cambio | Washington, E.U.A. 

2009
Ambiente Fair | Frankfurt, Germany
Wallpaper Graduate Directory | London, England

Lectures

2017
IF Chile | Santiago de Chile
Universidad Anahuac | México city, México.
Universidad ICESI | Cali, Colombia.
Expo Mueble AFAMJAL 2017 | Guadalajara, México.

2016
Universidad Autónoma | San Luis Potosí, México
Cámara de Comercio de Perú | Lima, Perú 

2014
DECODE | Monterrey, México
Universidad Iberoamericana | México city, México

2013
National Entrepreneur Week | México city, México
Tecnológico de Monterrey | Puebla, México
CEDIM | Monterrey, México
Casa Gutiérrez Nájera | Querétaro, México

2012
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

2011
Universidad Autónoma| Aguascalientes, México
Universidad Autónoma | San Luis Potosí , México

Teaching

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, Monterrey, Mexico
2013 | Centro de Estudios Superiores de Diseño de Monterrey CEDIM, Mexico
2012 | Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
2012 | Casa Gutierrez Najera, Queretaro, Mexico
2011 | Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico
2011 | Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico
2011 | Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato, Mexico
2010 | Instituto Europeo de Diseño | Barcelona, Spain

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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).

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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
ISBN: 9783899552560

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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.

Author: Jiwon Kim
Editorial: G Colon
Buy it here: G Colon

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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

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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.

Direction: Dario Cimorelli
Art Director: Giacomo Merli
Editorial: Silvana Editoriale

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Silla Mexicana

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.

Silla Mexicana
Ana Elena Mallet
Editorial Arquine

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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.

Editor: Victionary
Release date: July 2013
Buy it here: Amazon

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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