Paseo de la Reforma 509,
Nueva Cobertura, México, D.F.
To honor Mexico’s 200th year of independence from Spain, an open competition produced the impressive Estela de Luz.
The winning design by architect César Pérez Becerril consists of 1,700 panels of translucent quartz designed on a 104 meters height structure. It is a real marvel, this ‘Pillar of Light’.
César Pérez in conjunction with Austrian Robert Müller, devised a special engineered material that expands the light homogeneously across the entire panel creating the strong effect.
Located next to the main entrance to Chapultepec Park, we found one of the more interesting things about the Estela de Luz to be how it easily transformed in perspective. Sometimes it would seem it’s normal size, other times it would feel like it was a 1,000 meters tall … but kilometers away!
Cebeth Apothecary & Gallery Store
10:00 am – 7:00pm Monday Saturday
Envisioned in 2010 by Celeste Magazine editor Vanesa Fernández and her husband artist Aldo Chaparro this amazing gallery lives in a very chic 1940s house restored by Productora Architects. The result is a truly amazing job – specifically the ingenious placement of the cement tiles and the design of a modernist Vienna coffee shop.
The house is located in the Anzures neighborhood of Mexico City, a lovely area where every street is named after a literary author.
The House has three sections:
First is the Concept store/gallery, were one can find all sort of interesting items. They include paintings, functional and nonfunctional objects, rare fossils, collectible fashion, jewelry and more. Products from around the globe, and others ether designed by Aldo and Vanessa or the top designers in Mexico. Celeste House really shows breadth of design contained in this world-class metropolis.
Continuing on one finds a homeopathic apothecary specialized in phytotherapy treatments. Here, personalized formulas are created in a very Victorian way for each customer.
The third, and most delicious part, is the champagne tea room. While Viennese in design, they serve the classic English ritual; complete with tiered plates of pastries, scones and small sandwiches. They also offer a rich Champagne menu as well as an extraordinary selection of teas. Top this off with Cantonese-style Dim Sum, and during the late evening, Celeste transforms to a destination for the trendy and happening.
Hitting the three high points of design hotels – Style, Service and Comfort – the Morgan Hotel Group’s Mondrian South Beach is the perfect stay in this glam destination.
The style is obvious. It is just over the top enough – simultaneously besting the local glitz, but still retaining a touch of class. The photos speak for themselves.
The service was sincere, kind and attentive. From our first impression with the parking attendant to our check-out; each person we interacted with placed our needs at the forefront. Moving about the property was easy as the staff was there to guide and advise; as oppose to monitor which gives many other hotels a slightly oppressive feeling.
Comfort is our third pillar – and when one realizes it is really a combination of the first two; we are not surprised to find it at the Mondrian. Our room 405 was especially ample – a standard that had the dimensions of a suite. Opening the door, one just felt lucky – and that is never a bad way to start a holiday! The bed was a good sleep, the bathroom luxurious and the room one you could live in (well – us New Yorker’s with small apartments, anyways!)
There are a few other nice details: One being that the Mondrian is located off the beachfront so you are not suffocated by the hub-ub, but it is close at hand. We also were happy to discover that the Whole Food was located just around the corner; making beach picnics an easy go!
We are looking forward to our next stay and highly recommend the Mondrian if your travels take you to Miami’s South Beach.