Mex and the City and photographer Carlos Alvarez Montero present

Tony Moxham, Mauricio Paniagua, DF Casa

We always admire designers like the duo behind DFC. They have the ability to transform objects from jewelry pieces to life-size animal structures into playful pieces of art. From ceramic Chinosere to 14 karat gold bowls, these high design creations belong in galleries and behind glass doors. Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua opened their flagship store in Mexico City’s Colonia Roma in 2011. And in 2012, they set up their own ceramic atelier outside of Cuernavaca. Everything they make is fair-trade and 100 percent Mexican made in collaboration with Mexican artisans. Before setting up shop in Mexico, Tony was the art director at Interview Magazine and Mauricio was a fine artist in New York. The two bring a polished and posh design aesthetic to Mexico while spinning traditional talismans and auspicious symbols into shiny happy things.

Name: Tony Moxham and Mauricio Paniagua

Age: 42 and 44

Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia and Guatemala City, Guatemala

Parents: Yes!

Occupation/Aspiration: Designers, DFC, contemporary artists, journalist (Tony)

When did you move to Mexico City and why?

In 2005, mostly to escape NYC, but also to try a different life in a different place. 

Tell us about a passion project you are working on now or are dreaming about.

We've been asked to participate in a charity at project for Zona MACO 2014 with Iñaki Bonillas, Pedro Reyes, Eduardo Terrazas and Gabriel de la Mora. We are creating our largest chaquira sculpture to date. It will be an Aztec warrior woman, caught and tied for sacrifice. We've been researching Aztec warrior dress, as well as Aztec makeup and "style". The final work will be fetish-tied within a hand-made glass box.

Mexico City is a city that….
. . can feel like a lawless metropolis while simultaneously offering some of the most sophisticated culture in the world.

Share with us the most fascinating Mexico City subculture you have come across.

We recently saw a fantastic documentary from Vice at Ciné Tonala about the cumbiatón scene here in D.F. and we are now fans of Pablito Mix (who arrived to the screening in full makeup, btw.)
Who is your community?

Our community here in D.F. is a cross of art, design, and other creative folks, and we keep in touch with the underground and creative pals we made from 14 years in NYC, plus from our homes of Australia and Guatemala. Our parties tend to have a Benetton feel to them.

What’s your drink of choice?

Mauricio loves Campari (on the rocks) and as an Aussie I tend to be a beer drinker. My fave Mexican beer is the also nicely packaged Indio.

Who is your favorite designer? Favorite label or product?

Fashion: Billionaire Boys Club, Ashish (I love his sequined denim!), Saint Laurent, Dion Lee, an emerging Aussie designer, Sibling from London, Christopher Kane, and Christopher Shannon.
In object design, we love the savage but beautifully crafted ceramic work of NYC based MQuan and LA-based Ben Mendansky. In technique, they both rise above the current trend for kindergarten-level, Memphis inspired object design.

What is an example of technology, culture, and community?

Facebook. The Home Shopping Network.

If you could create a movement what would it be?

We tend to be more fringe-oriented than group-oriented, so the idea of creating a movement isn't really in us. We're not qualified to tell others how to live their lives.    

What Mexican do you most admire and why?

We love artist Gabriel de la Mora, for his rigorous pursuit of spirituality, memory, obsession, and human feeling. The art scene in Mexico is the strongest in Latin America and he's one of the reasons why. He's also a fantastically nice person.

Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.

Tony: I was a former world champion trampolinist.

Mauricio: I was a former catholic religious painter.

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