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Cantina No. 46

Chicago, IL

An impressive rapid makeover turned an underperforming Italian restaurant into a new hit Mexican taqueria.


We started by analyzing the customer experience and making recommendations for controlling the vistas a guest would see, to set the right brand impression.

Design Solution

The design created a sense of intimacy within this new cantina. The environment featured washes of midnight blue on the walls contrasted against vibrant accents. The handicraft interpretation element included: white pearlescent agave plant textures, innovative wall sculptures, rustic punched metals, hand-tooled leather reminiscent of handbags found in markets, textiles that echo Mexican weaving, raw woods, and hand-drawn ornament signage.