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El Moro / Cadena + Asociados

  • 13:00 - 14 February, 2016
El Moro / Cadena + Asociados
El Moro / Cadena + Asociados, © Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

© Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully © Moritz Bernoully +21

  • Location

    Río Lerma, Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico
  • Area

    76.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Concept and Brand experience

    Cadena + Asociados Concept Design®
  • Art Director

    Ignacio Cadena
  • Achitecture

    Ignacio Cadena, Alejandro Peña, Constantina de la Garza, Alfredo González
  • Interior Design

    Ignacio Cadena, Alejandro Peña
  • Furniture

    La Metropolitana, Los Patrones (mecedoras)
  • Graphic Languages

    Jay Castruita, Luis Medellín
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

From the architect. El MORO® has been one of the most popular images of daily life in Mexico City since 1935, enthralling different audiences due to its unrepeatable authenticity and rich flavor which offers the best hot chocolate and churros in the country's capital.  

© Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

Understanding their family values and history in order to merge and input them into a new strategic vision, was the guiding principle in this project. Classic wall tiles became the main source of inspiration, along with stained glass windows and products that have set El MORO® apart and delighted its customers for generations. 

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The new graphic system takes into account the figurative relation between such elements and proposes a simplification in form, taking them to their minimalist expression to retain its essence but with a fresher and dynamic form.

© Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

This new take on graphism translates into endless compositional possibilities that apply significantly to the brand’s identity, communication, architecture and interiorism.

© Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

The chromatic palette, born from the unmistakeable mosaics that gave the brand its personality, are contrasted with a white hue inspired by sugar.

Section 2
Section 2

Language and furniture align forming a unique expression, reminiscent of the Golden Age in Mexico when an Art Deco style dominated the city’s poster ads, movies, fonts and architecture providing sufficient graphic elements, symbols and even communication through different artistic means.

© Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully

Thus, creating a new integrated concept that emotionally connects people today with the collective subconscious in a new brand experience, which projects the true DNA of El MORO®.

© Moritz Bernoully
© Moritz Bernoully
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Croco Dile · February 15, 2016

An interesting design idea.
How do the customers react to it ?

Ziggy Stardust · February 19, 2016 08:57 PM

I live three blocks away from it and since it was under construction it was inevitable for any passerby not to turn your head. Now that it 's open it feels like a very cozy and chic place, always crowded with people lining up even if just to know what it is or sells and they seem to stay for hours.

Hej! · February 14, 2016

This design is amazing, we need more of these hybrid traditional-modernhybrid designs.


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