for the ‘bésame mucho’ restaurant, located on the last floor of the mexican pavilion in expo milan 2015, liquen agency developed a brand concept influenced by mexico in the 50’s, when acapulco was an international destination and the port became the main reference for fashion, design and glamour.
following the concept, RCDESIGN took the acapulco chair as the main element for the design of the restaurant and transformed it into an installation of umbrellas that also work as lamps, creating a tribute to the anonymous mexican design icon.
the restaurant area is divided into two equal mirrored sections where the tables are arranged. the division is created by a metal structure that lies in the middle, holding the poles that carry the umbrella lamp installation. this distribution allows eighty people to occupy the space at the same time.
the lamp production was all handmade by artisans in the akele workshop, in mexico city. as for the metal and wooden products, all were completed in italy. the design of the restaurant pays a tribute to the acapulco chairs by placing them above the tables and reinterpreting their function by using them as lamps.