A three-day design adventure with the LA Design Festival and Tijuana native, cultural curator, entrepreneur and design advocate, Illya Haro. Go behind-the-scenes in Tijuana and Valle de Guadalupe to meet some of the designers, architects, and culinary influencers who are driving the movement.
Day 1: Inside the Design Scene
Escuela Libre de Arquitectura
Located in the Red Light District of Tijuana, Escuela Libre de Arquitectura is a new type of institution founded by architect Jorge Gracia to help foster innovative design in this border city. We’ll stop by to meet Jorge and several of the leading architects who are working with ELA.
Meet and Greet with Local Designers at Object
Meet the owners of Object, the store that put Tijuana on the design map and share sips and chat with some of Tijuana’s most exciting up and coming designers. Oh, and feel free to shop.
Dinner at La Justina
Enjoy an amazing borderless dining experience at La Justina with Chef de Cuisine Iker Castillo.
Day 2: Inside the Wine Scene
We’ll make the drive to Guadalupe Valley in the morning after a quick coffee at One Bunk, arriving at Encuentro in time for a tour, talk, and tasting. Designed by Gracia Studio, the principal premise is to not interfere with the land. Structures are elevated to avoid contact with the soil, and corten steel cladding patinas with time to achieve harmony with the environment.
F. Rubio Winery
Lunch al fresco on the terrace with the founder and the architect of F. Rubio Winery overlooking the vineyards.
Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent, designers based in Ensenada, Mexico, most often find inspiration digging through dumpsters and junkyards. They used discarded boats to create the vaulted ceilings of the Vena Cava winery tasting rooms. Meet the architects, taste the wine.
Corazon del Tierra
We’ll head next door to see the house on the hill and meet Chef Diego Hernandez who turns vegetables and herbs grown in the garden into five-star meals.
Dinner at Bruma
Bruma is one of the newest destinations in the Valley. Meet the architects from TAC and sit down for dinner in their gorgeous space. After a relaxing meal and a late evening in the Valley, our van will deliver us all back to One Bunk in Tijuana.