autumn appetite / 食欲の秋

October 23, 2014

1975Mexico003

1975 Mexico
Mexican exports
design: Rafael Davidson

After red wine, my appetite goes to beef – but I think my consumption of beef in recent years has been reduced.  This is because of my age, amount of exercises goes down and a little concern to the environmental issue, I guess.

In 1975, beef was one of the main export from Mexico and this is one of my favourite example of definitive stamps in the same format.  The following one of shoes – the byproducts of beef, I guess, is modest yet cool.

I met a numbers of young designers from Mexico through the Vitra Design Museum Workshops at Boisbuche and they are almost all female, somehow.  All of them are hard-working ladies with bright smile and they form my impression of the country.

1975Mexico004

食欲の秋です。秋になると赤ワインと一緒にビーフを食べたくなる、、、けれど、加齢と運動不足ゆえか、肉の消費量が近年ぐっと減りました。豆類を多く食べるようになったことと、牛の飼育がどれくらい環境に負荷が多いかを知った、その衝撃も理由のひとつです。

この切手が出た1975年、牛肉はメキシコの主要な輸出物のひとつだったのですね。この「輸出品」シリーズは、シンプルで力強いデザインで大好きなシリーズです。

フランスのBoisubuchetで主催されるVitra Design Museum Workshopsで、ここ数年たくさんのメキシコ人デザイナーと出会いました。なぜかほぼ全員女性で、働き者の陽気な人たち。わたしのメキシコの印象は、この女性たちのあたたかい笑顔で満たされているのでした。

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