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India Mahdavi

India Mahdavi

Parisian designer India Mahdavi has garnered a cult following and we proudly count ourselves among her groupies. There’s something about Mahdavi’s ability to make a space feel at once elegant and grounded that just makes us happy.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the Mexico City hotel she designed with architect Javier Sánchez.

Housed in an Art Deco building on a tree-lined corner of the trendy Condesa neighborhood, the Condesa DFhotel epitomizes Mahdavi’s bobo style (that’s “bourgeois bohemian” for anyone who hasn’t read David Brooks’ Bobos in Paradise). In an ode to legendary Mexican architect Luis Barragán, she’s created a deeply rooted sense of space using indigenous materials to bring her European sensibility to the Latin locale.

The bathrooms alone are worth a study. Locally quarried, white stone walls counterbalance sauna-style wooden floorboards, while sculptural sink basins mimic roll top tubs, and fixtures blend seamlessly. The rest of the hotel may be bursting with stimulation (think turquoise walls and guest rooms stocked with fully loaded iPods churning out a heady mix of Bossa Nova), but the bathrooms are simple, serene and effortlessly styled. Oh and did we mention toiletries by hot New York apothecary Malin + Goetz?


By the way, Mahdavi’s Bishop stool made it’s debut at the Condesa DF and is now readily available as part of her furniture collection. We think it would fit perfectly in a bathroom. Tuck one under the vanity, pull it up to the tub (for your book and that glass of Cabernet) or just rest your towel on it. Très chic.

Photographs © India Mahdavi