Malamén Restaurant
Wednesday 22 Jan 2014


Design Studio Ricardo Casas has collaborated with  graphic designer and illustrator Marco Colín on a very special restaurant in Mexico, named Malamén. Malamén is a fantasy character created by Colín, inspired by an antique cookbook found in a old basement. Using his discovery, the design team developed different kinds of stories trying to piece together Malamén's background and history; chiefly her kitchen skills, recipes and places she lived in the world. These histories gave the designers all the inspiration that allowed them to develop the interior, furniture and decoration of the restaurant.

The first block of the space is compose of two mirrored seating booths with the right wall exhibiting all of the objects found in flea markets that are supposedly belonging to Malamén, with pictures, paintings and memories hanging off the wall. The left wall is made of antique white painted frames, some of them with mirrors to give more depth to the composition of the wall in front.

The ceiling displays a radial composition of 28 plastered ceiling rosettes in different scales and designs, with incandescent bulbs. This space recreates the French style house Malamén supposedly lived in during the Mexican Revolution in "La Colonia Roma" (A French style neighborhood in Mexico City).

The next block has the stairs and a composition of 96 drawings created by Colín, framed and placed on the double high wall. The bar is has simply a carrara marble counter and the back wall has nine bronze wall lamps made from a tray designed by Panoramica. Upstairs in the back of the seating booth, there is a large hand drawing of Colín's narrating the story of Malamén using all the elements applied in the decoration. The combination of various elements allows for a majestic dining experience based on stories and the imagination.

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