See Austin’s New Destination for Contemporary Mexican Design


Living room space with rock fireplace surrounded by chairs

Photo: Clay Grier

Dedicated to contemporary and midcentury designs from Mexico, La Embajada marks the first retail collaboration between MML Hospitality founder Larry McGuire, ByGeorge boutique owner Molly Nutter and Oax-i-fornia founder Raul Cabra. The Austin shop also presents the inaugural stateside opportunity to purchase designs from Oax-i-fornia, a collaborative project between artisans and designers in Oaxaca. “These border states were Mexico at one time, so it made sense,” Cabra says of the decision to open doors in Texas. “There’s a pre-acquired knowledge and taste. So, it was the perfect place to make our first ‘embassy.’ ”

The 1920s Craftsman-style shop is composed of two concepts. La Casa, a living gallery of midcentury and contemporary designs from Mexico, outfits the core rooms with items ranging from custom chairs to brass shower heads. Meanwhile, La Miscelanea acts as a Mexican general store, offering eclectic housewares and ceramics.