(San Luis Potosi, Mexico, 1983). Christian is currently the director of the Industrial Design department at The Monterrey Center for Higher Learning of Design (Spanish: CEDIM, Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design), a University dedicated to design, innovation, and business, where contributes to the formation and dissemination of design in Mexico.
He runs his own design studio developing products for international companies and producing and selling some of his pieces in collaboration with various local artisan shops. Vivanco bases its current practice in promoting a permacultural culture, revalorizing principles, local customs and values on a global context, stimulating authenticity and cultural inclusiveness.
In 2007 Vivanco graduated as an industrial designer with honors from Universidad Autónoma San Luis Potosi in Mexico. He later moved to Barcelona, Spain where he obtained the degree of Master in Product Conceptualization and Development at the School of Design Elisava. After graduating, Vivanco worked for three years as Senior Designer at DesignCode and HTDS, in Europe.
In 2009 he was selected by the renoun publication Wallpaper* as one of the emerging designers to follow worldwide. That same year, together with Tom Allen, Marta Rodríguez Falcón and Yago Rodriguez, he founded The Emotion Lab, a collaborative exercise that stimulated research on the value of emotions in the design process, creating conceptual projects with hughe international recognition.
In 2011 several projects were featured by the renown creative publishers Gestalten, in the book “Once Upon a Chair: Design Beyond the Icon.” Other publications include Elle, Vogue, Monocle, Architectural Digest, Abitare, Domus, House International, O2, among others.
His influences come from social and cultural factors from the Mexican chaotic and colorful history, contrasting with the relaxed Mediterranean everyday life, all of it through a heavy influence by Japanese’s nature-based culture and interaction.