ad hoc

© Ad Hoc Portrait Juan Jose Nemer and Mauricio Alvarez
Image Credit © Germán Nájera and Iván Flores

biography

design studio ad hoc was founded in mexico city in 2014 by industrial designer juan josé nemer and architect mauricio álvarez. nemer has a diploma in product design from the istituto europeo di design in madrid, spain, and alvarez studied architecture at nyu university, new york, usa.

ad hoc’s work focuses on highlighting the natural beauty of materials such as wood, stone, and metal while reflecting the great artisan legacy that exists in their country. they gracefully merge tradition with a contemporary aesthetic, revisiting manual processes and millenary craftsmanship.

awards

design icons award in the category of best furniture design, architectural digest mexico, 2021
design icons award in the category of best furniture design, architectural digest mexico, 2019
kohler luxury experience, kohler, wisconsin, usa, 2019
rising american talent award, maison & object americas, miami, usa, 2016

ad hoc is represented in asia, europe, and the usa by ammann//gallery (cologne, germany) and in latin america by angulo0 (mexico city, mexico).

huixcolotla series

the huixcolotla limited edition collection is inspired by the traditional patterns of „papel picado“ (perforated paper), a centenary handcrafted decoration widely used in mexican celebrations. together with the master artisan sergio hernández from the town of metepec, ad hoc introduced leather to the artisan’s practice, challenging the ephemeral nature of paper and accentuating the craftsman’s ability. fascinated by the delicacy of the material and the characteristic elaborate patterns of this handcraft, they developed a collaborative series that combines the aesthetics, materials, and functionality of contemporary design with the mastery and richness of mexican artisanal artistry.

Huixcolotla Sideboard 01

year: 2016
material: monterrey marble, leather, brass
measurements: w 266 x d 46 x h 70 cm
w 104.7 x d 18.1 x h 27.6 inches
unique in a series of 8 + 2 a.p.

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Huixcolotla Sideboard Brown

year: 2020
material: wood, leather, brass
measurements: w 243 x d 45 x h 70 cm
w 95.7 x d 17.7 x h 27.6 inches
unique in a series of 8 + 2 a.p.

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Huixcolotla Sideboard 02

year: 2016
material: monterrey marble, leather, brass
measurements: w 173 x d 45 x h 72 cm
w 68.1 x d 17.7 x h 28.3 inches
unique in a series of 8 + 2 a.p.

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roots series

mesoamerican cultures developed a particular aesthetic through sacred objects with a political nature that expressed their specific worldview and place in society. for example, the clothing and accessories of the ancient warriors reflected their status while imposing fear and respect. they used animal skins, breastplates, shields, shells, and colourful feathers. this way, aesthetics and warlike iconography functioned as a form of power and control. after the spanish conquest, mesoamerican cultures were widely discredited, assimilating them as barbaric and primitive. to vindicate this aesthetic and pre-hispanic idiosyncrasy from a contemporary perspective, roots emulate the warlike clothing of the mesoamerican hegemonic communities by using endemic fibres from mexico, such as ixtle, which comes from the agave plant.

ROOTS Stool Gold

year: 2021
material: walnut wood, ixtle (natural fiber from Agave), mohair fabric
measurements: h 60 x ø 60 cm
h 23.6 x 23.6 inches
edition: 16 + 4 a.p.

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ROOTS Mirror

year: 2021
material: blued steel and ixtle (natural fiber from Agave)
measurements: h 9 x ø 100 cm
h 3.5 x 39.4 inches
edition: 16 + 4 a.p.

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ROOTS Stool Purple Velvet

year: 2019
material: walnut wood, ixtle (natural fiber from Agave), velvet
measurements: h 60 x ø 60 cm
h 23.6 x 23.6 inches
edition: 16 + 4 a.p.

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ROOTS Stool Turquoise

year: 2022
material: walnut wood, ixtle (natural fiber from Agave), mohair fabric
measurements: h 60 x ø 60 cm
h 23.6 x 23.6 inches
edition: 16 + 4 a.p.

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ROOTS Stool Black/Black

year: 2020
material: walnut wood, ixtle (natural fiber from Agave), mohair fabric
measurements: h 60 x ø 60 cm
h 23.6 x 23.6 inches
edition: 16 + 4 a.p.

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ROOTS Stool White Bouclé

year: 2023
material: walnut wood, ixtle (natural fiber from Agave), mohair fabric
measurements: h 60 x ø 60 cm
h 23.6 x 23.6 inches
edition: 16 + 4 a.p.

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ROOTS Table White

year: 2021
material: travertine / navona, natural ixtle,
bleached tzalam and brass
measurements: h 75 x ø 150 cm
h 29.5 x 59.1 inches
edition: 8 + 2 a.p.

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ROOTS Table Black

year: 2021
material: travertine / navona, natural ixtle,
bleached tzalam and brass
measurements: h 75 x ø 150 cm
h 29.5 x 59.1 inches
edition: 8 + 2 a.p.

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