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 custom glass lighting was made in collaboration with Esque Studio.
The senior designer for the Corazón project was Chelsie Lee.
2012 Northwest Design Awards Winner: Hospitality
Photos by Lincoln Barbour