ISSUE 35  |  The Organized Life

Lagos Del Mundo: Mexican Basics Reinvigorated

September 04, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

“We are a brand of basic objects inspired by primitive artifacts and tools,” explains the Mexico City team behind Lagos del Mundo. The line is a collaboration between two friends, Leonel López Castillo and Rigel Durán, who met as design students at the University Centro and teamed up on the project with architecture and design studio La Metropolitana. The group looked at simple, age-old Mexican household objects made from natural materials, applied their own take to the pieces, and then collaborated with artisans around the country. Twelve products in a range of colors and sizes are currently available and more will be making their debut in November.  

The full collection is available from Lagos del Mundo (prices listed are in US dollars), and in the US, Merchant No. 4 carries select pieces.

Above: The Lagos del Mundo wool rug collection is inspired by textiles made for centuries in the Bernal Village in the state of Querétaro. Woven on traditional looms, the throw rugs are “meant to be complements to bring a warm feeling and color without trying to be the main character in the space,” explain the designers. 


Above: The Small Striped and Speckled Wool Rug (shown here) is 27 by 51 inches; $151. The Large Striped and Speckled Rug, 67 by 96 inches, is $530. Both sizes of the Wool Tapestry Rug are also available at Merchant No. 4. Photograph via Merchant No. 4. 

Above: The Small Wool Rug in Orange and Gray (shown here) is 27 by 51 inches; $151. The Large Wool Rug in Orange and Gray, 67 by 96 inches, is $530. The white wool varies in color depending on the time of year the sheep are sheared. 

Above: The Basquet is made by palm producers in the state of Guerrero, in Southern Mexico, and has leather handles; $51 from Lagos del Mundo. The Basket is also available at Merchant No. 4. Photograph via Merchant No. 4.

Above: The clay Pitcher, with a cup that fits on top, is made from a mixture of natural clays and inspired by traditional water storage vessels; $64 from Lagos del Mundo. The Pitcher with Cup is also available at Merchant No. 4. Photograph via Merchant No. 4.

Above: “The origins of the plant pot can be traced to the Romans,” write the designers. “They used them to transport plants from exterior to interior when the weather was too cold.” Lagos del Mundo’s partially glazed clay Plant Pot is $22.


Above: Sized to be used as salad servers, Scoops are sold as a pair, one right-handed spoon and one left. They’re made of tzalam, a tropical wood also known as Mayan walnut; $21 from Lagos del Mundo. 

Planning a trip to Mexico? Check out our Travel Guide for noteworthy hotels, restaurants, and shops throughout Mexico. On Gardenista, have a look at a Cactus Fence surrounding Mexican restaurant El Monterro in Saltillo.