ISSUE 73  |  Color Therapy

Modern Mexican in Melbourne, Australia

May 22, 2013 3:45 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Techne Architects created a modern Mexican vibe in their design for Fonda Windsor in Melbourne, using sombrero-shaped chandeliers, and hand-strung rope benches, and a dramatic color palette.

Taking their inspiration from a Mexican “fonda” (a small restaurant), Techne “aimed to create a homely and informal space that isn’t too literal or obvious”–hence the modern Vertigo chandeliers and the modern geometric painted floor designed  in collaboration with local graphic designers Goldenhen. For more information, go to Fonda Windsor.

Above: The designers imported a suite of Bend chairs from Los Angeles.

Above: Rope strung benches designed by the architects.

Above: A whitewashed wall adds a rustic note.

Above: Window frames painted black add a graphic note.

Above: The graphic designers added slash of red paint to the floor.

Above: A detail of the Vertigo Chandelier by Constance Guisset.

Above: The designers imported a suite of Bend chairs from Los Angeles.

Above: A swath of black in the hallway.