Tiling the Outdoors
The Porfirio’s restaurant chain, recognized by Forbes in 2018 as one of the best restaurants in Mexico since its opening around nine years ago, inaugurated its new premises in Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco, Mexico, in March 2019.
Porfirio’s is an emblem of Mexican cuisine, which it reinterprets at the highest level in an innovative manner, offering traditional dishes with elegance and unique flavors. The Guadalajara premises, which spans 395 square meters, was designed by the Filipao Nunes architecture studio, and named the “Restaurant Global 2019 Winner” at The International Hotel & Property Awards 2019.
The principal task of architect and interior designer, Filipao Nunes, was, starting with Mexican traditions, in terms both of cuisine and of the architecture of the age of Porfirio Diaz, to create a modern project characterized by a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
Walnut, brass laminates and tapestries were some of the materials selected to represent the vision of Porfirio’s in a modern key, using advanced construction techniques to showcase the history and philosophy of Mexican cooking.
The same expressive philosophy guided the decision to use Ceramiche Caesar’s ceramic tiles for the interior flooring. Two porcelain tile collections were chosen -- Anima and Root. The Statuario Venato design from the Anima collection in a 60- x 120-cm format was utilized, along with the Nocciola color of the Root collection, which was used in a 20 x 120-cm format.
Anima expresses the essence of the most refined marble in a ceramic version, which combines the refinement of the natural stone with the high performance of porcelain stoneware for outstanding strength and durability. Oak, in its most rustic, warm version, is the inspiration for Root, featuring the detailed graphic markings characteristic of traditional craftsmanship.
Architect: Filipao Nunes Arquitectos, San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León, Mexico
Tile Supplier: Ceramiche Caesar, Fiorano Modenese, Italy (Anima collection in “Statuario Venato” and Root collection in “Nocciola”)