Creating a feeling of welcoming warmth and intimacy evocative of Mexico was a difficult challenge in an existing space with very high ceilings, vast expanses of concrete floor, and little visual separation from a busy street.  We began our design process with lots of image research, and landed on one photo in particular which drove much of our design; a densely packed Mexican market with dozens of baskets hanging above a walkway.  We wanted to recreate that warm organic feeling.  Our concept for the space was to use readily available, inexpensive materials to add an organic layer of texture, divide the space into a bar, entry and main dining room, and lower the ceiling to a more intimate height.

The senior designer for the Corazón project was Chelsie Lee.

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Photos by Lincoln Barbour