Macondo, Lower East Side, New York City


Completed, 2008


Lower East Side, New York City


1,440 square feet

Interior Design

Named after the fictional Colombian village in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1967 novel “One hundred years of solitude”, Macondo brings Latin American street food to the gourmet level. Unconventional approaches of material evoke the feeling of a Latin, bustling streetscape. The ceiling is covered with wood chipboard that we typically see at the construction site. The tables and banquette are made out of salvaged wood as well as wood chipboard. Inspired by the natural landscape, salvaged wood covers the bar die with a random stripe like pattern. The floor and bar countertop are custom colored and textured to fit the restaurant look. Up front, a storefront window reveals suspended baskets filled with fresh coconuts and pineapples as well as rope netting as a screen. The middle section features retrostyle chairs with adjustable armrests and bar stools with gel cushions. In the back, a dining area with modular booth seating is enclosed by an ivy-covered trellis and a barrisol ceiling with color changeable LEDs. This is Crème’s venture with restaurateur Hector Sanz. Both worked closely to translate the unique concept throughout the design of the interior, branding, furniture and print collateral.