Ian Ortega has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. Ortega showed signs of a promising career by being selected as a finalist for the Braun Prize (2007) while finishing his design degree.
His work has been featured in breaking through exhibitions such as La Fábrica Mexicana: Contemporary Industrial Mexican Design at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, or Los Contemporáneos, held by the Mexican Ministry of Economy.
Some of the products designed by Ian are sold around the globe, including the Gallery S. Bensimon in France, la Rinascente design supermarket in Italy and Mint shop at the UK among others.
He has also been published in magazines in Mexico and abroad, including Domus (Italy) Abitare (Italy) Ish Magazine (Singapore), Architectural Digest (Italy and Mexico), Código (Mexico), Tomo (Mexico), Elle Decore (Italy) and the blog site Yanko Design (Japan).
His work has been exhibited in some of the most important art and design fairs in the world such as, ICFF (NYC, USA.), Maison & Objet (Paris, France), Milan fuori salone (Milan, Italy), Zona Maco (Mexico city, Mexico).
Ortega’s work is driven by sustainability and low environmental impact design. He is frequently invited to give lectures and workshops at various universities and design institutions on those topics, all over Mexico.
Ian Ortega is the current design director of the Mexican furniture brand Pirwi and co-founder and active member of Cooperativa Panorámica; a group of young mexican designers exploring new design territories.
Awards & Exhibitions
2014 Various Cities among Mexico. De ida y vuelta. CENART - Cooperativa Panorámica
2013 NYC, USA. Materiality. ICFF - Cooperativa Panorámica
2013 Paris France. Martina Table. Maison et Objet - Pirwi
2012 Mexico City. Objeto Glocal. Mexico Design Week. Blend.
2012 Mexico City. Diseño México, los contemporáneos. Secretaría de Economía
2011 Mexico City. Fábrica Mexicana. Diseño industrial contemporáneo. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.
2010 México – Dimueble - AFAMJAL – “MOD”.- 2nd Place
2010 Mexico City. Pirwi. Mexico Design Week
2010 Guadalajara, Jalisco. Design Fest Guadalajara
2008 Germany– China – Mexico. Braun Prize 2007 exhibition
2007 México – Braun Prize México – Braun – “Mol”- Finalist
Talks and workshops
Decode Design Festival - Design Workshop - Monterrey, Mexico 2014
Design Fest - Conference - Guadalajara, Mexico 2013
Decode Design Festival 2013 - Design Workshop - Monterrey, Mexico 2013
Centro de las Artes de San Agustin CaSa- Primer encuentro colaborativo de diseño – Oaxaca, Mexico 2012
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez – Chihuahua, Mexico 2012
Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato – Design Faculty – Virus – Guanuajuato, Mexico 2012
Universidad del Hábtat – Design Faculty – San Luis Potosí, Mexico - 2011
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiorres de Monterrey – Campus Monterrey – Diseño Punto MX – Monterrey, Mexico 2011
Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato – Design Faculty – Virus – Guanuajuato, Mexico 2011
Design and Design book of the year Vol. 7 - 2014 Marc Praquin. Index Books. Paris 2014
Fábrica Mexicana - Luis Miguel Leon, Graciela Kasep y Abel Matus. Museo de Arte Moderno. Mexico 2012
De la creatividad a la innovación 200 diseñadores mexicanos. Julio Frías. Asociación Diseña México. México 2012
Domus / Italy
Abitare / Italy
Interni / Italy
Elle Decor / Italy
Casa Abitare / Italy
Negocios ProMéxico / Mexico
Ish - Singapore
AD Architectural Digest / México – Italia
Glocal / México
Elle / México
Tomo Excelsior / México
Código / México
Entre Muros / México
GC / México
Casa Viva / México
Mexico Design / México