Ella Canta

steven penney
Thursday 07 Sep 2017

Ella Canta joins the talents of chef Martha Ortiz & David Collins Studio to bring the beauty of modern mexico to London.

This summer renowned Mexican chef Martha Ortiz will launch Ella Canta, a restaurant that promises to bring the beauty, vibrancy and spirit of modern Mexico to London.

Located at the crossroads where Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and Piccadilly all converge, Martha’s vision will be brought to life by internationally-acclaimed interior architects David Collins Studio, overseen by Creative Director, Simon Rawlings.

Ella Canta is a project of passion that holds true to Martha’s philosophy of tradition blended with modernity. The close collaboration of Chef Ortiz and David Collins Studio sees subtle Mid-Century references from the great Mexican modernists, artists and designers paired with bold contemporary artwork.

Strong shapes, soft colours, and clean lines celebrate the architecture of Ricardo Legorreta, ceramics of Gustavo Perez and textures of Ernesto Alva. The 410-square metre restaurant subtly evolves with palettes that gradient throughout three dining rooms. Blush pink, sun-bleached red, blue and tan are each uniquely inspired by the architecture and landscapes of Oaxaca.

Simon Rawlings, Creative Director of David Collins Studio states, ‘The design concept takes elements from Martha’s cuisine, Mexican architecture, materiality, craft, colour, texture, and art. Our study of the country’s mid-century furniture really shaped a direction that would stay true to Mexico’s flair and also fit its Park Lane home. He continues, ‘An amazing array of art and objects selected by Martha will ensure her personality is written all over.’


Guests arrive to see one of the restaurant’s key features – a 45 metre floor to ceiling walnut installation, inspired by the work of Mexican furniture designer Eugenio Escadero. Hand-carved in one continuous movement, the piece runs the entire length of the restaurant and ties the intimate dining spaces together.

The stylish bar evokes Escadero’s influence again with black clay formed in an organic asymmetric shape, topped in rouge griotte marble and framed in walnut panelling. This is continued through the bespoke tables, cantilevers, walnut bar stools, tan leather banquettes and armchairs.

Gustavo Perez

Table tops throughout the restaurant are inspired by the tactile pottery of Gustavo Perez and are finished in a hand-crafted eggshell, ivory and black lacquer, all trimmed in walnut.

Feliciano Bejar

Large circular lenses of textured glass framed in hammered gun metal are set within the floor to ceiling windows adjacent to Hyde Park. The lenses are inspired by the work of Mexican artist Feliciano Bejar, who is known for his ‘magiscopios’ style of sculpture that used glass to distort vision.

Creating a soft glow and warm ambience will be verdant plants positioned throughout the space and chalky ivory walls with delicate touches of gold to reflect the light. Handmade Mexican ‘amate’ wallpaper is finished in a hand-brushed gloss paint and act as a warm backdrop to the custom wall lights and gold leaf mirror.

A total experience of the senses, let Ella Canta evoke a taste of modern Mexico in London.

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