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Cantina No. 46

Chicago, IL

The design vernacular for the cantina draws its inspiration from traditional Mexican handicraft and natural vegetation found in Mexico.

Framework

Ideation Studio was asked to create a Mexican restaurant inspired from Mexico’s rich cultural heritage, but translated in a fresh imaginatively modern way.

Design Solution

The environment featured washes of midnight blue on the walls, contrasted against vibrant accents. The handcraft interpretation elements included: white pearlescent agave plant textured wall sculptures, rustic punched metals, hand tooled leather reminiscent of local rural crafts, raw woods, and hand-drawn ornamental signage. Named Cantina 46, the updated identity presents an intriguing mix of traditional elements interpreted in a contemporary way.