Josefina Larraín Lagos

  Josefina Larraín Lagos

Artist, experienced in restoration, landscape design, sculpture restoration and renovation of historic buildings - she grew up in Germany, where she studied Philosophy and soon moved (1988), to New York where she resided for several years, collaborating in the workshop of Paul Fullerton as a sculpture assistant and where she helped produce numerous short films designed by Nicki de Saint Phalle and produced by her son Philip Mathews.  Later in Miami, she worked on the restoration of mural paintings and sculptures for historic buildings, such as Vizcaya, the water tower of Coral Gables and the Biltmore Hotel.

In 1990, she acquired the buildings of the machine house of an old henequen hacienda in the southeast of Mexico and converted it into her private residence. Following this, she was led to the restoration of additional other haciendas in Yucatan, where she has become a permanent resident.

Among others, she has been the partner and co-director of a plantation dedicated to the production and commercialization of hybrid coconuts.

In the last years she has been involved in supervising and coordinating the restoration of the grounds and interiors of several haciendas and mansions that have been converted into luxury hotels as well as residencies in Merida and other parts of Mexico.

In 2000, she founded the Reyes Rios + Larrain studio with architect Salvador Reyes Rios.

She won the "AD Iconos del Diseño" Award, sponsored by Architectural Digest Mexico for "Rosas & Xocolate" Boutique Hotel in 2011. Her work is featured in the books "25 espacios intervenidos" and "Souvenirs. Mexican Design Hotels" released in 2012.

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