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Contemporary Polanco apartment

Contemporary Polanco Apartment.

Contemporary Polanco apartment is a project we completed recently in Polanco Mexico City CDMX, while it is a “Pied-à-terre, hence a small residence for temporarily use, consequently away from home, usually in a large city, similarly implies travel, essentials and no excess.

Almost like the Presidential Suite of your preferred Hotel in your favorite City”, while the client lives elsewhere yet comes to the city often, above all for the culture and fun.

Contemporary Polanco apartment Living and Dining.

Because you come out from the elevator and into the foyer directly, for that reason the focal point is a painting by world famous painter Vicente Rojo, also flanked by Bar cabinets above buffet.
Furthermore a bespoke painting again by Vicente Rojo on the right, while a glass covered column on the left frames the picture. I had seen the painting many years ago at a different location, owned then coincidentally by another client.
So the painting came back to me. The geometry is very pure, and the colors perfect. Consequently I immediately selected it as the focal point, also used black as the color of the background to complement it.
Finally  I went on to commission the new bespoke in size and colors piece by Vicente Rojo on the right.
A living room with brown couch and red pillows.

Contemporary Polanco apartment Living room. A 30′ long motorized sheer facing the Champs-Élysées avenue blocks the sun. Baku love seat in purple, cream and chocolate. Glass covered column and molecular glass kitchen Facade.

 B&B Italia Charles sectional, over red Miri contemporary rug, while Stéphane Ducatteau metamorphic coffee table sits in the middle.

A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.Contemporary Polanco apartment Dining. All round. Ceiling cupola with linear lighting. Gear pendant and red glass vase. Classic cast stone pedestal with glass beveled edge top and lazy susan. B&B Italia chairs. On right doors to electronic glass doors to kitchen (Clear when activated)

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 Contemporary Polanco apartment Kitchen. English sycamore cabinetry conceals on right the Sub Zero 700 refrigeration system, and a doorway to the service quarters. Pull out hood on right. Calacatta gold marble on countertops, backsplash and wall. English sycamore cabinetry.

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Contemporary Polanco apartment Library and Foyer Console. We always create a rhythm on our built in cabinets. This was a unique opportunity to turn the foyer console and incorporate the library at a turn.

On the use of Black.

At the Contemporary Polanco apartment, we used Black in the background of the central painting, in the book shelving and in the Powder room. Why not? Was it inspired by the two Paintings a Rufino Tamayo and a Vicente Rojo.
Probably but it is also a very good background, and works well on wood, either the drift oak in the library or the lacquered pilaster in the powder room.

A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.Powder room. Tapered lacquered top, mirrors reflect infinity. Porthole window and library reflected (with open door). Corner Pilasters reflected.


A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.Contemporary Polanco apartment Home office. White washed drift oak cabinetry used throughout. You can see the library, so the shelving here used for books is for overflow. The Two Paintings here slide on tracks shown to allow access to the cabinets.

Certainly important paintings by Cristina Rubalcava and Valenzuela slide on track over drift oak cabinetry. Beehive Art Deco vase over Joe D’Urso Knoll table. Finally notice partial library view through door.

A red and white logo of the american institute for certified public accountants.Contemporary Polanco apartment Master Bedroom. The walk in closet was not large enough, and specially in small homes storage is always welcome.

So we added overhead and side built in cabinetry and access with the help on the rolling ladder. Ralph Lauren Home table lamps, Georgetti swivel armchair.


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The floor plan on the right shows the living areas facing the Boulevard, and the reflected angle on the left, and funnel effect to the Focal Point.

Special thanks to our very dear friend and client who owns the apartment for being so generous allowing our creativity to flow and with his budget and patience.


Also this project has also been called The Peninsula Penthouse. Polanco is the toniest or, certainly most schick part of Mexico City now, while in the 80’s I had the opportunity to be one of the first to Design a store on Av. Presidente Masaryk, most noteworthy now the Rodeo Drive in CDMX.
Polanco also brings fond memories to myself and my siblings as our parents owned the Hotel Polanco when we were young, and which still sits on Edgar Alan Poe, certainly keeps the name Polanco.
Black is Black will be further expressed at another Blog in the future, even more use is being made of the color, probably not color at all..

Enjoy Contemporary Minimalist style, less is more. 


  • Photography.  Michael Calderwood Mexico City and Brighton UK. 


  • Ann Saks. Master bath glass tile. Certainly attractive with the rest of the glass in the bath.
  • Bent Glass Design. Paige Glass. Kitchen Privacy molecular glass. Almost transparent when not opaque.
  • Fiandre A. Surfaces. Elevator wall tile. Probably looks a bit Commercial, seems like part of the elevator.
  • Paris Ceramics. Limestone Floor. Seems like a sand floor so even and smooth, even more than it is.

Fixtures and appliances.

  • Forms + Surfaces. Glass door pulls. Because we have always used them, due to their quality.
  • Fusital.  Norman Foster door levers. Most noteworthy style and quality.
  • Michael McEwen Lighting Studio. Dining room light pendant, almost looks suspended.
  • Monogram oven and cooktop. Probably still available.
  • Sub-zero. Refrigeration. Certainly the best.
  • Vola. Plumbing fixtures. Finally they have become classics.


  • Downsview Kitchens. Kitchen Cabinetry. Almost all around.
  • Putnam Ladders. Rolling ladder. Certainly a classic.
  • Zosseder, Hans. Cabinetry. Seems like we use them all the time.


  • B & B Italia. Living room sectional. Above all a Classic by Antonio Citterio.
  • Design Within Reach. Kitchen Piston stools. Probably overtaking Tokio stools as the most popular now.
  • Gallerie le Feuvre, Paris. Ducatteau. Metamorphic Coffee table. Certainly a piece of Art too.
  • Giorgetti.  Rotating Chairs. Master Bedroom and Living room. Almost floating.
  • Knoll International. D’Urso Office table.Similarly a classic now.
  • Maxalto. Dining room chairs. Master Bedroom night stands, in contrast drift oak.
  • Montis. Baku. Living room loveseat. Finally discontinued.
  • Renaissance. Dining table cast stone pedestal.Rather classic, in contrast.
  • Williams Sonoma Home. Bed frames and headboards. Probably the least expensive in leather.


  • Henredon. Barbara Barry Master Bedroom area rug. Almost covering the entire bed area.
  • Jalili Rugs. Qashqai Miri rug. Living room. Most noteworthy very rare.
  • Pampa Tiles, Argentina. Living room leather tile mat. Certainly a nice device to extend the mat area.
  • Ralph Lauren Home. Master Bedroom lamps. Seems like RL home is no longer available.
  • Restoration Hardware. Linen. Bedrooms and baths. Probably a good deal, if nothing special.
  • Salatino-Gandolfo Glass. Console and Dining table vases. While they were commissioned for the site.
  • York Street Studio. Guest Bedroom lamps. Similarly commissioned before by Michael Smith.

Art and Antiques. Most noteworthy the client’s Art Collection.

  • Epoca Antiques. Murano beehive vase. Above all excellent collection.
  • Galleria Lopez Quiroga. Framing.
  • Cuevas, Jose Luis †. Hallway and powder room.Likewise one of Mexico’s best.
  • Merida, Carlos †.  Master bedroom Hallway. Certainly a classic.
  • Reyes, Chucho †. Guest room.
  • Rojo, Vicente. Dining room and Living room. First of all the client had the dining room piece.
  • Rubalcava, Cristina.  Office. Proust.
  • Sanabria.  Guest bedroom Triptych.
  • Tamayo, Rufino †. Master Bedroom. Certainly nice to have.
  • Valenzuela.  Office.


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