Sylvain Marcoux launched Maison Marcoux Mexico in October 2018. The publishing house is the result of a deep passion of its founder for Mexico and its creations. Evidenced by Mexico City, which is a “paradox where you sometimes think you are in the twenty-third century, sometimes in the Middle Ages” confides the Quebec publisher.
Maison Marcoux Mexico’s mission is to bring Europe to Mexico by combining “European creativity and traditional Mexican know-how” explains Sylvain Marcoux.
For a week, Europe immersed itself in the Mexican workshop. A necessary step for the former press relations officer who wishes to take “designers beyond their industrial know-how”.
An identity to be determined
From this synergy was born the “mezcalienne” collection by Constance Guisset. Revealed during Paris Design Week 2019, Maison Marcoux Mexico’s 1st collection is a blend of contemporary creation and ancestral heritage.
Although the French designer has chosen to “work on barro negro , black clay ”, characteristic of the State of Oaxaca, Sylvain Marcoux advocates the diversity of materials. He wants his publishing house to be seen as something other than “a simple ceramic house”.
This is why he would like the next collection to “work with silver or obsidian”. Despite everything, he leaves “carte blanche to the designer who accepts the challenge”, provided that the material chosen is shaped by Mexican artisans.
A 1st collection in black earth
Constance Guisset offers 9 pieces in black earth, made in collaboration with the artisans of the Mexican workshop Coatlicue Artesanias. The collection consists of 7 vases, turned by hand, as well as a “sombrero” table which recalls symbolic shapes. of the country and a “penacho” carafe, inspired by local dances.
A set of useful creations for the individual which illustrates the vocation of Maison Marcoux Mexico to “make objects, not furniture” insists its founder.
After the windows of the Cultural Institute of Mexico, the 7 vases and the “penacho” decanter are now visible in the boutique of the Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac Museum, in Paris.