Thousands of animal bones line the macabre interior of this restaurant in a refurbished 1940s building in Mexico, by style studio Cadena + Asociados .
Headed up by founder Ignacio Cadena, Mexican studio Cadena + Asociados converted a constructing in the city of Guadalajara, Jalisco state, to create the 70-square-metre restaurant.
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The client for Hueso Restaurant – which translates as Bone Restaurant – was Cadena’s brother, chef Alfonso Cadena.
Bone-white tiles patterned with a black linear style clad the exterior, whilst inside a array of animal carcasses decorates the walls.
The skeletal decor takes its cues from the restaurant menu, which includes unusual meaty offcuts like bone marrow.
“The design method begins with making a double skin,” said the studio in a statement.
“On the exterior, a clean artisanal, handmade ceramic tile covering with a graphic method protects the inside skin layer, which becomes much more organic and complete of texture.”
A single bone suspended on a chain above the entrance provides guests a hint of what lies within.
“Inspired in a Darwinian vision, the inside skin covers nearly every single vertical square inch of the interior with over 10,000 collected bones,” said the group.
Bare brick internal walls are washed in a patchy layer of white paint and covered from ceiling-to-floor with animal skulls, fragments of bone, anatomical drawings and white cooking utensils.
The morbid ornamentation is subdued by the white and grey colour palette used throughout.
In a glass vitrine at the foot of a white staircase, a selection of specimens are laid out like a all-natural history museum display.
Leg bones are stacked like logs underneath a sideboard, piled into white buckets, and positioned on tabletops, exactly where they take the location of standard floral centrepieces.
Steam-bent wooden cafe chairs line the edges of one long wooden table that steps with the tiered floor-level of the restaurant.
White rods with tiny bulbs at their guidelines rise through holes in the table like umbrella stands and at one particular end of the space a dead tree trunk is planted in a patch of earth.
In the kitchen, orders are kept in check between the broken ribs of section of skeleton cast in metal.
The concrete walls of the bathroom have been partially covered with glossy white tiles and a horned animal skull is mounted above the toilet like a hunting trophy.
Photography is by Jaime Navarro.
Architect: Ignacio Cadena
Culinary Idea: Alfonso Cadena
Notion and Art Direction: Ignacio Cadena
Lighting and Furnishings Style: Ignacio Cadena Architect of Record: Javier Monteón
Ceramics: José Noé Suro
Art Interventions: Los -Originales- Contratistas Tomás Guereña & Miguel Ángel Fuentes
Graphic Design: Rocío Serna
Aluminium Cast Bones: Mauricio & Sebastián Lara Branding
Knowledge Design: Cadena Idea Design and style