Concept and Brand experienceCadena + Asociados Concept Design®
Art DirectorIgnacio Cadena
AchitectureIgnacio Cadena, Alejandro Peña, Constantina de la Garza, Alfredo González
Interior DesignIgnacio Cadena, Alejandro Peña
FurnitureLa Metropolitana, Los Patrones (mecedoras)
Graphic LanguagesJay Castruita, Luis Medellín
Text description provided by the architects. 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.
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.
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.
This new take on graphism translates into endless compositional possibilities that apply significantly to the brand’s identity, communication, architecture and interiorism.
The chromatic palette, born from the unmistakeable mosaics that gave the brand its personality, are contrasted with a white hue inspired by sugar.
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.
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®.