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I need a cactus chair

I came across an interesting blog today entitled “Hoy es un gran día para mostrarte lo mejor de México.” (Today is a great day to show you the best of Mexico.)  It’s kind of an assortment of travel hot spots, activities, and design highlights around Mexico. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, he has some great pics to peruse.

Juan Carlos’s blog tipped me off to this chair, which now has me wondering, a) how much of our existing furniture would we have to throw out in order for this chair to look good in our townhouse, and b) should I start playing the Mexican lottery in hopes of winning enough money to buy one?

Do these chairs not scream "I love Mexico"?

And look, they even have pseudo-prickles, in keeping with their namesake prickly pear cactus! (both photos courtesy Juan Carlos's blog)

These are entitled “Prickly Pair Chairs” by the designer Valentina Gonzales Wohlers, who graduated from Ibero here in Mexico City. Check out her website for more info re. the cactus chairs (under “What”, then “Furniture”, then “prickly pair chairs”) or her Facebook page for additional pics. If the prices shown here are accurate, I will be playing the lottery for a looooong time before springing for one of these…  Valentina– any discounts for people who actually live in Mexico??? 😉

This same blog also tipped me off to a new trendy hotel located just across from the US Embassy in the Zona Rosa. While I typically don’t highlight the Zona Rosa as a must-see area for visitors to Mexico City, it is a good central location with easy access to the cooler neighborhoods of Condesa, Roma, and the Centro. The new hotel is from the Room Mate chain, which we found to be quite popular when we were in Spain last year.

My understanding of the concept is that each hotel is given a person’s name & personality traits to make you feel like you’re staying at a friend’s house, combined with fun decor, reasonable price points, and good locations.  Coincidentally, Valentina is the name of the new Room Mate hotel that’s opened in Mexico City, and she is “curious, sporty, and sexy.”

The trendily-decorated lobby of Room Mate Valentina

One of the junior suites at Valentina

The decor looks fab & the price is right (or at least reasonable), starting at $76USD pre-tax for an “executive” room with free wireless, so I will be curious to see if the actual experience matches their fashionable website! Let me know if you’ve stayed here; I will try to pop by & check it out in person sometime in the near future.

In the meantime, I am accepting donations toward a Prickly Pair Chair… :)

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  1. Jody says:

    Whenever my friend, Rosa from Oaxaca, gets mad at someone, she snarls the following directive at the offender, “Go sit on a cactus.”

    These chairs are not quite what she had in mind, but I’m sending this post to her. She’s going to be mad that they stole her idea. :)

  2. lara dunston says:

    Love those chairs!!!! They are just wild!!!

  3. Valentina says:

    Hi Julie, thank you so much for your lovely post!
    We are making the chairs in Mexico City and YES we do descunts to ‘paisanos’ (naturales y adoptados!)
    If you’re interested, drop me a line and i’ll get you all the info!
    Again Julie, many thanks for mentioning the chairs!
    Looking forward t hear from you.



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  5. Paula Lane says:

    Valentina, These are Fabulous Cactus Chairs!!! We are a high end purchasing firm here in Las Vegas, both residential and hospitality.
    Would you send me all pertinent information on these Chairs? I know our clients would go mad!!!

    Thanks so very much,
    Vaya con Dios,

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