An enormous curiosity cabinet painted entirely white, Hueso in Mexico’s Guadalajara city, is a restaurant that’s more of a work of art than anything else. Created by celebrity chef Alfonso Cadena and designed by his brother Ignacio Cadena of Cadena+Asociados Concept Design studio, the unconventional albeit somewhat chilling interiors of this restaurant are second to none.
Located in the Lafayette design district of the city - where renowned Mexican architect Diaz Morales for instance lives and works - the renovated modernist 1940s house with its lofty ceilings and startling décor is a masterpiece in its own right. Hueso, meaning ‘bone’ in English, couldn’t have a better name for a concept which according to Alfonso Cadena was ‘inspired by Darwinism’. Throughout the interiors, over 10,000 cast aluminium animal bones have been mounted on timber blocks to cover the walls like a second skin.
It’s only upon closer inspection that individual pieces within the thickly layered chalky monochromatic amalgamation of frames with butcher’s knives and other cooking utensils, as well as animal skeletons and intricate scientific drawings along with a host of other collected objects, being to appear. Exposed brick wall and pipes appear in between the bones and give the space an artist’s studio-cum-farmhouse feel. Completely painted in a palette of off-whites, the impressively lofty space features enormous double height windows that allow both the sun’s rays and the garden’s plant life to be seen from inside thus adding a little colour and life to interiors that risked surrendering to the somewhat macabre décor.
Its well thought-out bric-à-brac décor reminds of an art installation while a neutral freshness in the organic nature of the design renders the space soothing and inviting. When diners settle at the tables, the lofty space becomes dressed by diners’ presence and filled with chatter thus creating a lively communal atmosphere.