Written by Catherine Vergara

Luis Barragán was a Mexican architect and engineer. He won the Pritzker Prize, the highest award in architecture, in 1980, and his personal home, the Luis Barragán House and Studio, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. He is one of the most emblematic figures of Guadalajara and Mexico. His work has influenced contemporary architects visually and conceptually.

On this occasion, Barragán’s work inspired an artist and a fashion designer with whom shares origins: the painter Violeta Franco and the designer Carlos Jacobo.

Together they decided to devise a presentation where their works converge in honor of Barragán, from its colors, geometric shapes and textures, in a journey through the different stages of the legacy of the only Mexican winner of the Pritzker Prize.

“We decided to take the architecture of Luis Barragán to the expression of art from the perspective of each trench, Violeta in the paintings and I in a collection that respects the geometric games a lot,” said Carlos Jacobo, Creative Director of Jacobo sin A. His second collection of the year, he showed casual pieces made with cotton fabrics and linen.

For her part, Violeta Franco expressed her familiarity with Barragán “The Casa Cristo [the venue] is one of the first three houses that Luis Barragán built, where he looked for his identity and I identify with that, because I am also looking for an identity when expressing my art”.

The color range that Jacobo sin A and Violeta Franco will use for the BARRAGÁN collection, include yellow, cerulean blue, vermilion, white and Oxford gray with touches of wood.

Violeta Franco’s work responds to the search for contemplation and human evolution.  The artist has been part of more than twenty solo and group exhibitions, highlighting participations within the Senate of the Mexican Republic, emblematic theaters and museums of the Jalisco region.

Jacobo sin A has stood out for presenting collections that fuse culture, art and architecture in a minimalist and avant-garde sense in each of the four annual collections that it presents.

Franco’s paintings are now on sale in Tlajomulco (Guadalajara) and San Miguel de Allende while Jacobo Sin A’s pieces can be found in boutiques in Tulum and Puerto Vallarta.