Beethoven’s hometown – the German city of Bonn – is well-known for its historic importance. Now this town is where contemporary design marks its place. Recently completed, the new project born out of Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio‘s imagination offers a youthful approach to eating. The studio’s take on the brand’s image and interior design composes a refreshing space defined by an eye-catching use of colors and symbols. Capturing references to olive oil in the logo, bright colors and a wooden “cocoon”, everything in the Kessalao Mediterranean food take away restaurant was carefully imagined to fit in the compact 40 square meters. Birch veneer on the walls mixed with pine furniture compose a feeling of naturalness that needed vibrant colors to make a statement.
Mixing a popular color in Germany – red – with marine blue and yellow reminiscent of the Mediterranean Sea, the design studio added rich purple just to enliven the place even more. Designers say that “everything starts from the brand image and it’s naming that forms wordplay of the German “Kess” and the Spanish “Salao”, both traduced as cool and amusing boy.” Designer Ana Milena Hernández Palacios of Masquespacio says she imagined a lively, dynamic Mediterranean feel : “I wanted to metaphorize the recollection of fruits and vegetables through the hampers of Raffia.” Bright red metal grates are not only decorative, but also functional. They’re used to store magazines, menus or plant pots. In order to optimize the space, fold-away furniture allows the compact space to remain flexible throughout the day. Now let’s hear some opinions on the food they serve there. We’d love to know if any of you tried their menu.