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ny gift fair: dfc design

by Grace Bonney

if jonathan adler was colorful, dfc design was positively kaleidoscopic. this design duo from mexico city created a visual wonderland inside the javits center decorated with objects they brought back from a magical world called “mushi mushi”. tony and mauricio explained that each object was supposed to feel as if it was brought back from mushi mushi- and the designs certainly did feel otherworldly. there were sparkle-covered animals, figurines made from traditional mexican corn paste, giant animals covered in chalkboard paint that were designed to inspire children, colorful ceramic animal busts, and all sorts of sculptural ceramics painted in candy colors.

my favorite part of the booth was a new series that expanded on their existing pharmacy glassware collection (above). i have a fondness for the font used in the mexico 68′ olympics so it was fun to see it applied to amber glass. if i could take home any piece from their booth it would definitely be one of these. you can check out dfc’s new work online right here.

CLICK HERE to see more photos of dfc designs’ work after the jump below…

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  • Positively hate glitter, but the animals are fun.

    By the way, “mushi-mushi” is what Japanese poeple say when they pick up the phone. Any idea why they picked that phrase ? It’s fun too.

  • OH MY GOSH! I saw their orange ceramic horse head hanging up at a store called Show in L.A. recently and I became obsessed with it. It’s the one purchase I really want to make but absolutely cannot justify it. And now I see there’s a freakin’ UNICORN trophy head??? What are these people trying to do to me??

  • Thanks everyone for the lovely words about the collection! Mushi Mushi actually has its own secret meaning for Mauricio and I, but did originally come from the Japanese “moshi moshi”. Apparently Mushi Mushi also means yummy in some African countries :) For us, Mushi Mushi is the most magical of places . . . xoxo t

  • so i do these shows too and my booth always looks like poop! i need help. what did they use for that yellow and white backdrop? oilcloth? how were they able to mount their wares to the walls? any clue?

  • hi! my boss is moving from LA to NYC and gifted me her orange porcelain horsehead. she said it cost her $500. on the back there is a sticker that says “dfc.” i want to learn more about this piece. do you know what “dfc” is?? do you know where i may find more information about this fabulous piece please? big thanks!

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