Clara Porset. A Modern Designer for Mexico





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The idea of design came about, following various approaches, at the end of the 1920s in the last century. The design and production of furniture and household appliances, as part of the work of a specialist, is an experience that evolved from the Bauhaus and wanted “to serve in the development of present day housing, from the simplest household appliance to the finished dwelling”, as Walter Gropius explained in 1927 in the Principles of Bauhaus Production. Other architects like Hugo Haring, in 1927, talked about “objects that are on the one hand works of art, and on the other are intended for use”, while 24 architects headed by Le Corbusier founded the CIAM in 1928 and sated “the need for a new conception of architecture that satisfies the spiritual, intellectual and material demands of present day life”. This was the atmosphere laid out by the avant–garde movements in Europe when Clara Porset arrived in Paris to pursue her graduate studies in art and architecture.

How to Cite

Noelle, L. (2012). Clara Porset. A Modern Designer for Mexico. Docomomo Journal, (46), 54–59.




Author Biography

Louise Noelle, National Autonomous University of Mexico

Researcher at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), author of many publications on architecture and urbanism, and a contributor to numerous architectural magazines. Member of the Mexican Arts Academy, 1991; Honorary Academician of the Society of Mexican Architects and of the Argentinean National Academy of Beaux Arts; member of Icomos, 1993; and Chair of Docomomo México, 2003. In 2010 she was the Chair of the Organzing Committee of the 11th International docomomo Conference that took place in Mexico City.