"Plantiful" is a concept that emerged under the premise of producing food that is not of animal origin, unprocessed or pre-packaged, exclusively organic. All raw materials are transformed into "super-foods" which are locally sourced and support developing communities. Therefore, the design would also reflect this philosophy, creating an environment that would inspire a healthy lifestyle, simple and environmentally conscious.
The architecture plays a role as backdrop, with a simple monochromatic palette. Within the space, several design elements stand out; amongst them the polished granite floor, with custom-made pattern. The contrast between black-and-white colors and the triangular floor tile shapes, allowed to create a unique composition in space, maintaining the asymmetrical tendencies found in nature while maintaining an authentic use of materials. Another important element, is the counter bar, where the products are exhibited, prepared and delivered, which emphasizes the visual focus and serves as the origin of the delimiting vertices for space distribution.
Finally, the suspended ribbed ceiling and the side wall, both of refurbished wood. The wall made up of vertical wooden slats served as shelving and product display, in turn it is joined with horizontal slats that create the suspended element of the ceiling. These serial elements make up a "topography", hiding HVAC and ambient light fixtures and are carefully aligned with the countertop and the floor central axis. This is the self-denominated "origin", which is the starting point of the design, and divides the space in half to create different experiences: one of production and the other for product consumption / exhibition.
TORUS developed a collaborative relationship with the client, in which the lifestyle and vegan philosophy would be integrated and considered in all aspects of design. Sustainability was a starting point and inspiration for choosing materials by supporting the communities that would manufacture most design elements. In the case of carpentry, it was manufactured by a group of artisans from the small community of Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Refurbished wood was used for tabletops, optimization of wood cuts was designed to reduce waste and minimize the ecological footprint.
The up-cycled textiles from "The Denim Project" were implemented for uniforms, cushions and handbags. All chillers use hydrocarbon cooling systems, which minimize the environmental impact and 100% of lighting fixture use LED’s.