Marmomac Academy Takes Us to Mexico with Héctor Esrawe: the “Grupo Arca Showroom” Project

On September 30th, from 3 pm to 3.30 pm, you will travel to Mexico with a webinar directed by Héctor Esrawe about his work Grupo Arca Showroom. You couldn’t believe it, could you? Here we are: Marmomac Re-Start Digital Edition takes you around the world.

This year, the collaboration with Platform architecture and design continues through the “Architecture and Marble by for Marmomac Restart Digital 2020” initiative to create new opportunities for relationships and business.

During the webinar, they will present the Grupo Arca Showroom, a project that takes us back to the origins, with raw materials, taking up the Agora concept. Resembling a quarry, this work is defined as proof of man’s action on nature, a universe in which man involuntarily carves creases and volumes that translate into strange and suggestive geology. It’s an organic architecture created from the trace of the search for raw materials, which brings us back to the origin from which they come. The entrance, placed through a small opening in the monolithic facade, connects the visitor with a monumental central place namely the Agora. This is the starting point for a new museum itinerary. Multiple exhibition rooms with materials of different characteristics are organized around the Agora, creating a dynamic and versatile experience.

All this was conceived by the mind, the genius, and the sensitivity of Héctor Esrawe and his Esrawe Studio.

But who is Héctor Esrawe, the one who will talk about this new work? Let’s find out a little bit about him together. Esrawe was born in 1968 in Mexico City and graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in 1992 as an Industrial Designer. From 1997 to 2001, he was a professor at the same university, before becoming a Design Director at the CENTRO Study House, where he created a degree in Industrial Design. In 2003, he launched his design studio, Esrawe Studio, which he still runs today.

Esrawe’s designs stand out in furnishings, objects, and interior design, but he doesn’t stop there: architecture, public installations, and museum design. Hector’s philosophy is to work continuously in collaboration with different fields of architecture and other sectors, artists, urban planners, museum curators, and set designers: this has allowed him, with great enthusiasm, to become co-founder of companies such as EWE VISSIO and MASA, whose aim is to promote the design of Mexico, of its land. Esrawe is also a partner of the perfume brand Xinù and Casa del Agua, which collects rainwater and filters it into drinking water.

His work has been recognized with international awards as Best Interior Designer of Mexico at the Firenze Entremuros Award 2019, Best of Year Award 2019 for the Design Center in Guadalajara created by Grupo Arca, AZ Award 2018 for El Califa Restaurant, the Jury Prize, and the People’s Choice at the FRAME Awards 2018, the Wallpaper Design Award 2018 for Xinú and Interior Practice of the Year at the World Interior News 2018. And many, many others. You can admire his work in the permanent collection at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

Esrawe Studio, founded by the designer, is a multidisciplinary studio located in Mexico City. Their purpose is to manufacture furniture, interior design, and architectural solutions for hospitality, cultural projects, and residential projects.

The team itself is made up of industrial designers, architects, production technicians, and graphic designers who each brought their art into the studio: from the concept of a project to the final details. The studio’s creative essence is present throughout this process, and every day, they try to find the innovative face of the work they create.

For Héctor Esrawe, the use of marble is essential, especially for furnishings and interior design. Famous examples of his works using marble are the “Dolmen Collection,” which features the “Dolmen Table” that combines Black Monterrey marble and walnut wood. Then we find the “H Table,” which combines marble wooden gray and ebony granite, and the “Duo Table,” which combines two types of marble (white Carrara and black Monterrey) with black Crystal granite.

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