Fernando Romero at Ras

Mexican architect Fernando Romero, the 35-year old founder of the Laboratorio de La Ciudad De México, well-known for designing the Casa Da Música in Portugal while working for Rem Koolhaas' OMA, and who this year founded the firm, LAR, is the subject of an exhibit opening today at Ras, the gallery/bookstore in Barcelona's El Raval. A forthcoming book, titled Translations, is due out this September …

WOW Magazine

On a 2003 visit, a Mexican designer friend tipped me to WOW magazine. I scoured Mexico City stores to find it and bought out inventories when I did. As far as I know it's the only Mexican publication to cover topics like design, art, film, music, politics, culture, and ecology in a glossy magazine format with bold, chaotic graphic layouts. According to Ana Mallett, a …

Naco

Naco is a fashion gawker's story come true. An Argentine friend pointed out their "boludo" (slang for fool) t-shirt to me while we were in Barcelona. Six months later in Mexico City's Lagunillas market I bought her one and picked up "I heart DF" for myself. (DF stands for Distrito Federal, local terminology for the capital city.) The Mexican company's witty pop designs are available …