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How Mexico City’s Design Scene Is Separating Itself From the Pack

“Centro Histórico is layered with history,” says Carlos Matos of the Mexico City (CDMX) district where he and Lucas Cantú live and work. Together they make up Tezontle, a multidisciplinary practice named after the indigenous volcanic rock used for construction since the Aztec era. He means “layered” quite literally. The neighborhood in the city center—home to pre-Columbian restaurants, buildings of nearly every architectural style, and a dense network of hardware stores (“It’s like a big factory where we can source materials and get special things made”)—is actually built upon the ruins of Tenochtitlán, the ancient capital of the Aztec empire, invaded by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in 1519. That architectural patchwork serves up endless inspiration for the studio’s totem-like concrete sculptures and furnishings, which meld pre-Columbian aesthetics with contemporary material culture. As Matos, who grew up in CDMX, explains, “We see Mexico City as an archeological site that is still

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10 Calming Home Design Shows On Netflix That Aren’t From HGTV

If you’re spending this stressful time confined to a small, lackluster apartment like me, you’ve probably considered some vicarious viewing options.

For me, that has mostly manifested in travel shows. But as I’ve worked my way through the classics of that genre, I’m finding myself perusing a different escapist category ― the home renovation field.

HGTV obviously leads this type of programming, but I’m not really a fan. The homogenous HGTV aesthetic tends to (in my mind) feature rich white people making tacky suggestions that rely on expensive imitations of bric-a-brac such as expensive, oversized brass jack game pieces.

Netflix has tried to compete in this genre over the last few years and offers some semblance of an alternative.

Adair Curtis and Jason Bolden in "Styling Hollywood" on Netflix. (Photo: Netflix)
Adair Curtis and Jason Bolden in “Styling Hollywood” on Netflix. (Photo: Netflix)

The Netflix renovation shows aren’t perfect. They still have some HGTV homogeneity and tend to have low budgets

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This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

One Washington Football fan took the hypothetical designs to the next level in his complete rebranding of the team under the name ‘Washington Scouts.’

Michigan-based graphic designer Zack Rueger proposed Scouts to replace Washington’s previous mascot in hopes of honoring Native Americans. In describing his inspiration, he wrote, “Scouts celebrates the proud tradition of Native American culture and the inclusion of scouts into the military.”

He went on to reference the impacts Native Americans had on the military such as the 29 Native American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor or the Alamo Scouts during World War II who ran 108 missions without losing a single person. Rather than removing the team’s previous connection to Native American culture, Rueger believed Washington could honor them in its new name.

In addition to coining a name, he created a plethora of logos, jerseys and branded designs that the team could

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Ulrich Grimm, Global Head of Non-apparel Design, to Depart Calvin Klein After 22 Years

Ulrich Grimm, global head of non-apparel design at Calvin Klein Inc., is leaving the company, effective Aug. 2.

Grimm has been with Calvin Klein for almost 22 years and previously served as executive vice president, design, shoes and accessories.

During his time at the brand, the highly regarded Grimm built a strong global alignment across its accessories, including some of the licensed categories such as eyewear and watches and jewelry. He oversaw design for accessories, footwear and home.

Reached for comment, Grimm told WWD that following the pandemic, several CKI divisions were restructured, and his position was eliminated. He said he’s planning to enjoy the rest of the summer at the beach and then explore opportunities either in New York or potentially return to Europe for the right opportunity.

“I will always be honored to say that Mr. Klein hired me directly 23 years ago to be responsible for the

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