glass-mosaic rugs

L’Osteria Il Duomo, an Italian restaurant in León, Mexico, transports diners to the Greco-Roman era. Glass-mosaic rugs in black and white accentuate the beauty of its unique interiors. Huber Design, based in Guadalajara, Mexico, masterminded this sensory-based design project.  

Italian inspiration 

The restaurant is inspired by the traditional spirit of an osteria or tavern, seeking to provide a select culinary experience based on authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Every aspect of the restaurant has been meticulously designed to conjure up the essence of Italy, transporting diners to another world through its style and flavours. 

glass-mosaic rugs

The black-and-white mosaic tiles contrast with the ash-coloured wood floor of the rest of the dining area.

In their bid to recreate the atmosphere of ancient Rome, the team from Huber Design chose glass-mosaic tiles, custom-designed and manufactured for the project by Spanish company, ONIX. A market leader in the segment, ONIX mosaic tiles are manufactured from 98% recycled glass. 

Mosaic floors 

Based on a detailed design by the interior design team, the floor of the main dining room was clad in mosaic tiles conceived to emulate the ancient Greco-Roman patterns used in the Mediterranean. 

The term “mosaic” is derived from the Greek word “mousa”, used to refer to art that was so very skilful that it was thought to have been inspired by the Muses. With this artistic technique, small tesserae are combined to form drawings or geometrical shapes. 

Customised tesserae  

glass-mosaic rugs

Glass-mosaic rugs in black and white are a defining feature of L’Osteria Il Duomo, an Italian restaurant in León, Mexico.

To recreate this technique, Huber Design chose a hexagonal pattern by ONIX. The colours of the original pattern were changed, opting for black-and-white 31,75mm-diameter (1,2 inch) hexagonal tesserae in a smooth semi-matt finish, so that the flooring is resistant and able to withstand traffic. 

The black-and-white mosaic tiles contrast with the ash-coloured wood floor of the rest of the dining area. They are situated strategically to enhance specific areas of the restaurant. 

Design vision 

As part of this immersive ancient Roman experience, Huber Design commissioned the construction of stone and brick walls, covered in a thin coat of lime and mortar. The restaurant was decorated with Florentine tapestries from the period, busts, Carrara marble sculptures, old books and other antiques.  

Project details 

Project name: L’Osteria Il Duomo. 

Location: León, Mexico. 

Design: B-Huber Flooring. 

Glass-mosaic tiles: ONIX. 

Photos: César Béjar Studio. 


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