A 2014 collaboration between Lars Larsen of Kilo and architecture firm BIG drew heavily on Mexican tiles to turn a Copenhagen basement into a South America-themed restaurant.
Llama is a restaurant venture by the Cofoco group and it is inspired by cuisine from Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Mexico, Kilo states. It seeks to fuse the continental region with Scandinavian recipes.
The space, however, posed a challenge for the group; it is hidden away in a basement in Copenhagen. To make the space less-dark and to draw patrons in from the outside, the collaborators used colorful tiles from Mexico, which they state “meld(s) iconic design influences from Latin America with Copenhagen cool.”
The tile works its way outside and up the stairs leading to the 180-person-capacity restaurant and bar. This design choice connects the restaurant to the street-level and increases its visibility.
Above image: The Llama restaurant, a collaboration between Kilo Design and BIG. Photographs courtesy of the designer.
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