Animal bones adorn the walls of Hueso Restaurant in Mexico

Bare brick internal walls are washed in a patchy layer of white paint and covered from ceiling-to-floor with animal skulls, fragments of bone, anatomical drawings and white cooking utensils. “On the exterior, a clean artisanal, handmade ceramic tile covering with a graphic approach protects the inside skin layer, which becomes more organic and full of texture.”

A single   bone suspended on a chain above the entrance gives visitors a hint   of what lies within. Photography is by Jaime Navarro. Steam-bent wooden cafe chairs line the edges of one   long wooden table that   steps with the tiered floor-level of the restaurant. White rods with small bulbs at their tips rise   through holes in the table like umbrella stands and at one end of the space   a dead tree trunk is planted in a patch of earth. “Inspired in a Darwinian vision, the inside skin covers almost every vertical square inch of the interior with over 10,000 collected bones,” said the team. “The design approach begins with creating a double skin,” said the studio in a statement. In the kitchen, orders are kept in check   between the broken ribs of section of skeleton cast in metal. Related story: London restaurant by Brinkworth resembles a ramshackle farm building The client for   Hueso Restaurant   – which translates   as Bone Restaurant – was Cadena’s   brother, chef   Alfonso Cadena. Project credits:
Architect: Ignacio Cadena
Culinary Concept: Alfonso Cadena
Concept and Art Direction: Ignacio Cadena
Lighting and Furniture Design: Ignacio Cadena Architect of Record: Javier Monteón
Ceramics: José Noé Suro
Art Interventions: Los -Originales- Contratistas Tomás Guereña Miguel Ángel Fuentes
Graphic Design: Rocío Serna
Aluminium Cast Bones: Mauricio Sebastián Lara Branding
Experience Design: Cadena Concept Design The skeletal decor takes its cues from   the restaurant menu, which includes   unusual meaty offcuts like   bone marrow. In a glass vitrine at the foot of a white staircase, a   selection of specimens are laid out like a natural history museum display. The concrete walls of the bathroom   have been partially covered with glossy white tiles and a horned animal skull is mounted above the toilet like a hunting trophy.

Updated: 19.12.2014 — 14:50