design work


Ian Ortega has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. Ortega showed signs of a promising career by being selected as a finalist for the Braun Prize (2007) while finishing his design degree.

His work has been featured in breaking through exhibitions such as La Fábrica Mexicana: Contemporary Industrial Mexican Design at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, or Los Contemporáneos, held by the Mexican Ministry of Economy.

Some of the products designed by Ian are sold around the globe, including the Gallery S. Bensimon in France, la Rinascente design supermarket in Italy and Mint shop at the UK among others.

His wrok has been published in both local and international publications, including Domus (Italy) Abitare (Italy) Ish Magazine (Singapore),  Architectural Digest (Italy and Mexico), Código (Mexico), Tomo (Mexico), Elle Decore (Italy) and the blog site Yanko Design (Japan) just to mention some.

His work has been exhibited in some of the most important art and design fairs in the world such as, ICFF (NYC, USA.), Maison & Objet (Paris, France), Milan fuori salone (Milan, Italy), Zona Maco (Mexico city, Mexico).

Ortega’s work is driven by sustainability and low environmental impact design. He is frequently invited to give lectures and workshops at various universities and design institutions on those topics, all over Mexico.

He is a professor of the graduate and undergraduate program at Universidad Centro in Mexico City and also a visiting professor at the Tecnológico de Monterrey campus Guadalajara

Ortega is a current partner director of the Mexican furniture brand Pirwi and co-founder and active member of Cooperativa Panorámica;  a group of young mexican designers exploring new design territories.

Photo by Juan Zouai

Awards & Exhibitions

2014 Various Cities among Mexico. De ida y vuelta. CENART - Cooperativa Panorámica

2013 NYC, USA. Materiality. ICFF - Cooperativa Panorámica

2013 Paris France. Martina Table. Maison et Objet - Pirwi

2012 Mexico City. Objeto Glocal. Mexico Design Week. Blend.

2012 Mexico City. Diseño México, los contemporáneos. Secretaría de Economía

2011 Mexico City. Fábrica Mexicana. Diseño industrial contemporáneo. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo.

2010 México – Dimueble - AFAMJAL – “MOD”.- 2nd Place

2010 Mexico City. Pirwi. Mexico Design Week

2010 Guadalajara, Jalisco. Design Fest Guadalajara

2008 Germany– China – Mexico. Braun Prize 2007 exhibition

2007 México – Braun Prize México – Braun – “Mol”- Finalist


Talks and workshops

DI Integra III Intrnational Design Congress - Lecture Cooperativa Panorámica - Monterrey, Mexico 2017

Decode Design Festival - Design Workshop - Monterrey, Mexico 2014

Design Fest - Conference - Guadalajara, Mexico 2013

Decode Design Festival 2013 - Design Workshop - Monterrey, Mexico 2013

Centro de las Artes de San Agustin CaSa- Primer encuentro colaborativo de diseño – Oaxaca, Mexico 2012

Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez – Chihuahua, Mexico 2012

Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato – Design Faculty – Virus – Guanuajuato, Mexico 2012

Universidad del Hábtat – Design Faculty – San Luis Potosí, Mexico - 2011

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiorres de Monterrey – Campus Monterrey – Diseño Punto MX – Monterrey, Mexico 2011

Universidad Autónoma de Guanajuato – Design Faculty – Virus – Guanuajuato, Mexico 2011



Design and Design book of the year Vol. 7 - 2014 Marc Praquin.  Index Books. Paris  2014

Fábrica Mexicana -  Luis Miguel Leon, Graciela Kasep y Abel Matus.  Museo de Arte Moderno.  Mexico  2012

De la creatividad a la innovación 200 diseñadores mexicanos. Julio Frías. Asociación Diseña México. México 2012


Domus / Italy

Abitare / Italy

Interni / Italy

Elle Decor / Italy

Casa Abitare / Italy

Negocios ProMéxico / Mexico

Ish - Singapore

AD Architectural Digest / México – Italia

Glocal / México

Elle / México

Tomo Excelsior / México

Código / México

Entre Muros / México

GC / México

Casa Viva / México

Mexico Design / México