Design Double Take: Mexico City

March 21, 2012

Our design teams are continung to travel the world gathering insights that will inform some very exciting work. And, as we've done throughout the last month, we're challenging our design teams to find a spare moment and collect a couple of snap shots of designs that made them look twice - a design double take.

Today's perspective comes from Mexico City, Mexico where Dan Sarbacker, design strategist, and Daniel Lee, senior mechanical engineer + project manager, are working this week.

Dan explains, "The first image is from the courtyard of a private residence turned restaurant - waterfalls and ponds, swans and peacocks, and beautiful architecture everywhere. The meal was extraordinary and the setting was outstanding. It was one of those nights when weather doesn’t exist - no wind, no rain, and it is neither too hot nor too cold. The highlight of the meticulous landscaping: they had coaxed the trunks of these trees to grow and weave together."

It was one of those nights when weather doesn’t exist - no wind, no rain, and it is neither too hot nor too cold.

"Next we spent a moment in a little town square in the west-southwest part of the city. It had a great little memorial park in the center, and when we arrived there were still some tents and awnings set up around the perimeter from the afternoon market. The metalwork and attention to detail on some of the door handles, fences, and lamps were impressive, to say the least.

And, on the topic of impressive metalwork, we ran across a gentleman set up on a side street making jewelry, handtwisting wire. His designs were gorgeous. We watched him work for a good twenty minutes, most of which he filled with chatter of which our very limited Spanish vocabulary only allowed brief moments of comprehension. The one thing we could make out was when he pronounced himself the Mexican Jack Sparrow. He was spot on—he had a larger than life personality and was one of the most memorable people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting."