Tucked away on a tree-lined avenue in Mexico City’s cool Condesa neighborhood, the new CONDESA df Hotel imaginatively fuses the name and spirit of its environment with designer India Mahdavi’s inventive and playful simplicity. Hip without being haughty, Mahdavi’s design offers functional originality from rooms to rooftop, incorporating a range of local materials in elements including custom-made furniture and stone tile flooring.
The CONDESA df’s ground-floor restaurant exemplifies this ideal, with its indoor/outdoor feel flowing through a series of privacy-optional rooms, ringing a vivid, flora-filled courtyard. The guestrooms, located above this area, are equally magnetic. With a slick back to basics ethic, the hotel is imbued with Mahdavi’s whimsical interpretations of modernity. Visit the relaxed rooftop; rife with opportunities for repose on communal sofas, in the therme or the hammam. Check out the basement bar, and feel the energy of CONDESA df; a must stop for style travellers.
The Dog Pound
Desperate and unfortunate, lazy and hesitant, David, a 25-year-old guy, has failed as a student and lost the scholarship which supported him in the capital city. To get it back, he must pass an exam that will take place in a year’s time. In order to let time go by, sit for the exam and finally get his independence back, David has come to live at La Pedrera, a small beach town where his father will abandon him after assigning the mission of building his own house during the winter. This is the story of the construction of this house as well as David’s tragicomic fight to survive in a new world, a place where there are nearly as many dogs as men, where there are almost no women, where nobody wants to work and things are done out of friendship more than anything else.
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