This Mexico City Apartment is a Beautifully Decorated Dream

Furniture dealers Robert Shope and Michel Hurst take the expat road less traveled.

Previously featured in the December/January 2017 issue of NYC&G. Read the full story here.

You can take it with you—at least some of it. For decades, Robert Swope and Michel Hurst were mid-20th-century-modern furniture dealers in SoHo, trailblazers long before Carrie Bradshaw tottered along the neighborhood’s cobblestones in her Manolos.

Like many longtime New Yorkers edging toward retirement, they lived briefly outside New York, in a Pennsylvania weekend home, before decamping full time to Mexico City. Not popular Mérida or Tulum, but bustling, chaotic, underappreciated Mexico City (to my mind, one of the world’s greatest metropolises).

They offloaded most of their furniture and saved the choicest, most meaningful pieces for their new digs in a 1975 apartment building in Roma Norte. And whenever they want to get away, historic villages and tranquil beaches are a short bus or plane ride away. Even in retirement, Swope and Hurst are still way ahead of the game. —K. C.

The print version of this article appears with the headline: Viva Mexico.
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