I liked it. So I tapped up the colour crazy duo behind Chido Bueno to find out more about what they do, why they do it, where they do it and how to make it look brilliant in a house unused to such excellently Mexican ways. I'll hand you over...
|Layla and Felicity (behind); aka Chido Bueno|
|From top, left to right: cushions from £42; recycled Hojalata kissing dove mirror, £25; large recycled Hojalata kissing doves mirror, £38; large recycled Hojalata winged heart mirror, £35|
"I have been living in Mexico for seven years, and have experience working with indigenous groups here. Felicity – a social scientist/artist/photographer/designer – lives in London, with frequent long stays in Mexico.
"We are both passionate about sustainable development and having a positive impact on the lives of the people we work with. We started Chido Bueno because of our love of Mexican culture, textiles and colour.
"The women of el Istmo in southern Mexico are a special inspiration to us. They are powerful women with an equally powerful aesthetic, which celebrates colour. The ‘huipiles’ or boxy blouse, with matching skirts are hand embroidered for each social event. Women work for months on their outfit to prove their skill and make an impact at a party. They fill their tops and skirts with large flowers or geometric box designs and load themselves with ‘fantasy’ gold. They are completely committed to their unique aesthetic, with no regard for practicality – their party outfits, with all their embroidery and velvet, weigh a ton.
|Collection of some of the clothes embroidered by mother and daughter over their lifetimes|
"Not reigned in by ‘rules', women go for clashing bold colours and optimum impact. Polka dots are very popular, combined with criss-cross box designs. Frida Kahlo wore traditional Itsmo dress in some of her most famous images.
|A selection of headdresses from the Istmo on display in a market these are worn mostly for fiestas|
|A house in Oaxaca, blue with red details|
"Our embroidered cushion covers made from vintage ‘huipiles’ (see top images) are a great way to bring Mexican colour and warmth into your home. One blouse is used to create one matching pair of covers. Each set is therefore completely unique.
"Tin is bright and bold and can cheer up any space. The recycled tin mirrors we sell at Chido Bueno (see top image, and also here) are all cut, beaten and painted by hand by Arturo Perez.
|Recycled tin hojalata skeletons, from £3 each|
Photography: Nikhol Esterás Roberts; Felicity Meerloo; Layla Meerloo; Susannah Rigg