Cada works up Mexican restaurant interiors

Cada is designing the interiors for Mexican restaurant Poncho No 8’s third branch, which is set to open in Old Compton Street in London’s Soho.


It previously created the interiors for the Paternoster Square branch in December and was appointed for the Soho project in September 2010 without a pitch.

The project involved creating the entire interior concept for the store, and Cada applied Poncho No 8’s existing corporate colours and graphics to the facia, sign and interiors. The original branding and design was created by consultancy Something From Us.

Rachel Mayes, Cada interior designer, says, ‘This branch is designed for the Soho neighbourhood. It uses off-white and softer materials than the Paternoster Square branch, with more timber, bare brick and basket weave.’

The spaces features a cloud installation piece formed from pentagram shapes by fabric company Kvadrat. The split-level building allows the ground floor to function as a takeaway area, with a ‘cosy’ seating area upstairs.

Mayes adds, ‘They’ve got their key colours, which they used in previous stores, and we developed the graphics further to make them softer and more abstract.’

The floors feature the orange, green, yellow and off-white brand colours, forming a pattern painted on to wooden flooring.

The restaurant is due to open on 14 July.

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