“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
It’s the year 2003: you’ve just settled in for an evening spent chatting on AIM while listening to a newly-burnt CD and the space surrounding you is drenched in pop-culture paraphernalia. Back in our teenage heyday, bedrooms were a private sanctuary where no wall was left uncovered by Titanic-era Leonardo DiCaprio posters and artwork from Destiny’s Child Survivor album. And while we’ve undergone more than a few changes since then, our walls are still prime real estate for personal expression — only now we’re filling them with a little less hormonally-charged angst and a lot more artistic vision.
House plants breathe life into your home and nifty storage sets can keep it looking streamlined, but investing in wall art is what will really make a place feel like your own. Whether you’re renting a first apartment with roomies or you’re solo settled in more permanent digs, giving
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.
The Netflix renovation shows aren’t perfect. They still have some HGTV homogeneity and tend to have low budgets
As it has been for everyone, 2020 has been a year of uncertainty for Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. But when the COVID-19 pandemic plunged the world into unknown territory, the actor still knew one thing for sure: “In mid-July, a baby was coming,” he tells AD. “It was nice to have that reassurance that there was something concrete to look forward to.”
Of course, even with a global pandemic and protests happening, the child would need a place to sleep in the Los Angeles home Ferguson shares with his husband, Justin Mikita. They had turned to Breegan Jane, an interior designer who stars alongside Ferguson on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, for help before the lockdown orders in California. Though the actual installation of the nursery had to take place later than they had hoped, she was able to work her magic before the birth of the