A Journey Through Design


An expatriate searches for the essence of Mexican style in all corners of America’s favourite foreign country


ISBN: 9780865654235 Category:

Newell Turner


An American expat searches vibrant cities and quiet pueblos for the essence of authentic Mexican style.

With Mexican, Newell Turner begins to do for Mexican design what legendary culinary pioneer Diana Kennedy did for Mexican food. Turner searches the country for design and cultural details that are the essence of Mexican style. Taking readers behind the walls, gates, and doors of private Mexico, we are introduced to an intriguing world of interior design and architecture from Spanish colonial and baroque to surrealism, ’70s brutalism, and contemporary work. His story is in the spirit of memoirs like Driving Over Lemons, a traveller discovering another country – and himself along the way. This breathtaking album of photography shows how every room, courtyard, loggia – and even a chair, arrangement of flowers, and textiles for clothing – are part of a rich design heritage. Turner spent his magazine career chronicling American style, and now his fascination has turned to Mexico. We are invited to join him as he explores the homes of Mexicans and other expats who share his passion for authentic Mexico, both past and present, inspired by the country’s complex history and stunning landscapes.

Additional information

Weight 1934 g
Dimensions 24.5 x 31.4 cm
Publisher name The Vendome Press
Publication date 4 May 2023
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Susanna Ordovás
Dimensions 24.5 x 31.4 cm
Weight 1934 g


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Newell Turner led the formation of the Hearst Design Group in 2012 and served as editorial director of Elle Decor, House Beautiful, and Veranda. As the editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, he won a coveted National Magazine Award for General Excellence-the industry equivalent of an Oscar. Earlier, Turner held senior editorial positions at House & Garden and Metropolitan Home, and was the founding editor of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and its many sister publications. A trustee of the New York School of Interior Design, he lives in the Catskill region of New York as well as in Mérida, Mexico.
Susana Ordovás is a Mexico City-based journalist and creative director; she is a contributor to AD Mexico and Cabana.