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AGE SALAJÕE

Age Salajõe, born in Estonia, is a Mexico City-based design curator and creative director, whose work ranges from design curation, furniture design, and conceptual design to space curation, programming, installations, and interior design. Age specializes in end-to-end project and product design and development.

In 2004, Age moved to London, where her work varied between different disciplines, including high-end music, film and fashion event production. She has also worked with creative agencies such as My Beautiful City, organizing high-profile events, most notably, fashion shows, product launches, and private dinners in Stockholm, London, Paris, Berlin, New York, and Miami.

She is fascinated with creating spaces and how those spaces interact with individuals. Everything she does is focused on detail and quality, always pushing boundaries while challenging herself and her team.

After moving to Mexico City in 2016, in addition to co-founding and being a design curator, as well as looking after communication at EWE Studio, Age is collaborating with Hector Esrawe on a concept for a new boutique hotel brand.
CARLOS BAUTISTA

Carlos Bautista is a foundry specialist and the owner of Moldes y Modelos Bautista, based in Mexico City. Since an early age, Carlos has been interested in art. Many of his family members worked in foundry-related fields, so he naturally wanted to express his creativity by experimenting with bronze, zamak, and aluminum himself.

In 1974, at the age of 17, he started to work at his uncle’s foundry company to start developing his skills. Soon after, Carlos founded his own workshop with a vision to embrace different techniques, learn about new materials, and master the manufacturing process to deliver the highest-quality products to his clients.

The Moldes y Modelos Bautista workshop creates pieces exclusively by hand, with materials sourced locally from Mexico. Carlos’s team works with extremely high temperatures ranging between 750 and 1600 degrees Celsius, producing pieces as large as two-and-a-half meters in aluminum, which is one of his team's greatest achievements.
JUAN FRAGA

Juan Fraga is a proud third-generation stonemason based in Mexico City, with more than 40 years of experience in his field. He learned his techniques from his father and grandfather, who shared both his passion and profession. Juan and his team range between four to fifty craftsmen, depending on the project, and they focus on marble, obsidian, jade, and volcanic stone, most of which they source from all around Mexico.

Juan’s team works with techniques that are thousands of years old, using chisels and hammers but they also work with CNC technology. Even though machines can do a good job, Juan believes in and relies on the power of handmade processes, which he thinks produce better, higher-quality, and more unique results.

The smallest piece his studio ever produced was a small jade ring, which took Juan’s team a whole week, as smaller pieces are always more detailed and complicated. The biggest was a sculpture carved from a 30-ton block of volcanic stone, which required 20 people to work on it for nearly a whole year. Another major piece was a monument in Veracruz - made of volcanic stone and marble - in record time of just three months with 60 people.

Throughout his professional career, he has worked with internationally renowned artists, such as Manuel Felguerez, Jorge Yazpik, Fernando González Gortázar, Gabriel Orozco, and Pedro Reyes.
HECTOR ESRAWE

Hector Esrawe, born in Mexico City, is a co-founder and designer at EWE Studio. Hector’s career began independently with his own company, Esrawe Studio, which he founded in 2003. In addition to creating his own studio, Hector taught as a design professor for four years at the Iberoamerican University, the school from which he graduated, after helping to launch the Industrial Design degree at CENTRO, where he served as Head of Design and Product for three years.

Esrawe's designs encompass a wide range of fields from interiors to residential, cultural exhibitions, and commercial spaces; he is very passionate about and respectful of the craft of manufactured objects and furniture and the use of industrial processes, an area in which he has garnered international recognition and awards. His designs, including the centipede bench and Vestigio bracelets, are on display at the Atlanta-based High Museum of Art.

He has participated in conferences and workshops in many cities around the world, and his work has been published in print and digital media.

Hector has been awarded numerous international prizes, such as the Green Good Design Award, the WIN Award, the Iconic Award, the BID Award, the Best of the Year Award, the People Choice Award, and the Quórum Award.
MANUEL BAÑÓ

Manuel Bañó Granell was born in Valencia, Spain in 1990. After studying Industrial Design at the UCH CEU in Valencia and earning a master's degree in Furniture and Lighting, he moved to London to work at the Magnus Long design studio in collaboration with Central Saint Martins University. In 2010, he founded his own design studio, LaSelva Studio. Soon after, in 2013, Manuel moved to Mexico City and he started to work at Esrawe Studio, where he developed new design proposals for fairs, galleries, museums, and brands.

Manuel has exhibited at fairs such as Salone Satellite and Ventura Lambrate in Milan, Designboom Mart in Stockholm, Gumtree Design Market in Singapore, Valencia Design Week, and AMD in Mexico City.

He has been honored with awards such as Best Of Year from NY Interior Design magazine, IF Design Award from Germany, K-Design Award from Korea, Indusart Design Award from Russia, and StarPack Awards from London.

Currently, Manuel is the Creative Director of furniture and product design projects at Esrawe Studio. He also collaborates with renowned international design brands through his studio, LaSelva, and he is a co-founder in charge of Design and Product Development at EWE Studio.