SINCE LAUNCHING HER namesake firm in 1995, American designer Kelly Wearstler has been at the vanguard of bold, multilayered, and provocative design. From residential to hospitality, commercial to retail — her expressions of beauty are globally recognized and countlessly awarded. Here she shares her exclusive list of must-sees in Mexico’s capital city, famed for its rich aesthetic heritage and vibrant culture (with a few bonus recommendations in Jalisco’s Tlaquepaque!).
El Nido de Quetzalcoatl, Javier SenosiainA serpentine property you can sleep in
La Casa Azul, Museo Frida KahloA true artist’s residence
Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, Juan O’GormanWhere Mexican history and modernist architecture meet
San Cristóbal Stable & Egerstrom House, Luis BarragánA stunning compound for horses and humans
Casa MöbiusA compelling marriage of industrial and organic materials
Casa Orgánica, Naucalpan de Juárez, Javier SenosiainA mind-blowing merging of nature and architecture
Museo Regional de la Cerámica (Tlaquepaque, Jalisco)A captivating look at the rich history of local ceramics and handcrafts
Perla ValtierraAn alchemy of traditional and modern pottery
Art and Galleries
Masa GalleryA roving exploration of materiality and intentionality
Food and Drink
ContramarA delightful blend of fresh seafood and national flavors
1/8 TakamuraA utilitarian meditation on contemporary clothing
Kelly Wearstler Writer
Kelly Wearstler, founder and principal of Kelly Wearstler design studio, is an American designer creating multi-faceted, experiential residential, hospitality, commercial and retail environments as well as expansive collections of lifestyle product designs and brand collaborations. Wearstler is internationally recognized with distinctive design awards – including Architectural Digest’s AD 100; Elle Décor’s The A-List; Wallpaper Magazine’s Top 20 Designers; and Time Magazine’s The Design 100. She is the author of five design books.
Karina Spritze Photographer
Karina Spritze is a luxury brand consultant and content creator based in Los Angeles. Her world travels and close observations of consumer behavior and cultures have made her a conceptual visionaire.
Brian Bowen Smith Photographer
Brian Bowen Smith is an American commercial and fine-art photographer known for his celebrity portraits. He was mentored by Herb Ritts, who helped him discover his own personal photographic style.