CIELITO ® draws its inspiration from our history: the games, the joyful colors, the language of symbolism, and the illustrated graphics of the late 19th to early 20th century. The Latin-American sign maker’s trade in conjunction with the product labels of the old grocery and company stores generate a graphic language proprietary of a culture that is rich in history but always open to reinvention and to reclaiming the market in a poetic, nostalgic, joyful, dynamic and vastly diverse manner.

Its name comes from popular Mexican music, inspired by the song “Cielito Lindo”, which was written in 1882 by Mexican composer Quirino Mendoza y Cortéz. The song contains the phrase “México Lindo y Querido”, which translates to “Cherished and Beautiful Mexico”; this juxtaposition references the playful spirit of the Latin-American language.

CIELITO ® rescues the aesthetic value of popular Latin-American culture, and reinvents it in a Neo-Retro style that fuses graphics from colonial times, both Spanish and French, (present in its fine use of typography), with modern Latin American 50’s media like that from the large department stores (whose marketing was also imported from the Old Continent and the United States), and the contrasting colloquial language of the popular markets and tiny convenient stores, or “tienditas”. All of these elements are subtly integrated, producing a contemporary product, very Latin, and at the same time, universal in appeal.

The concept opens up the possibility of communicating with a broader audience, as it turns it into a timeless product, which is nurtured by its past but also continually seeks to present itself in new, fresh and attractive ways.

Concept: Ignacio Cadena y Héctor Esrawe.
Team:
Brand:
CADENA+ASOC. ®.
Ignacio Cadena
Collaborators: Nora Cavazos Luna, Rocío Serna González.
Interiorism:
ESRAWE studio
Hector Esrawe
Coordinator: Joaquín Cevallos.
Project Leader: Eduardo Álvarez.
Collaborators: Sara Casillas, Ian Castillo, Jennifer Sacal, Roberto Escalante,Didier López, Irvin Martínez, Arturo Gasca and Cynthia Cárdenas.
Photo: Jaime Navarro.
Year: 2010

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10 Responses to Cielito Querido Café

  1. ignacio cadena says:

    increible! enhorabuena!!

  2. Kyle Coulson says:

    Just want to say this design is so incredible, I am studying architecture in South Africa and this really inspired me !!! Thank you

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  4. gerardo says:

    Felicidades!! por rescatar la identidad del este Mexico lindo y querido,me encanto el concepto y la manera de aterrizar lo expresivo,morfico,metrico,cromatico de una manera muy contemporanea guardando el respeto a una cultura tan rica como la tiene este país México.
    Su diseño es exxxxxtraordinario.

  5. Nalle says:

    El concepto esta muy padre, la combinación cromatica es totalmente armoniosa y me encantan los termos tan baratos ! un café para los mexicanos.

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  8. Cesar Adrian Nañez says:

    Excelente trabajo en las cafeterías. la atemporalidad y el lenguaje visual al que estamos acostumbrados los mexicanos, crea una experiencia única en concepto, ideas y frescura. No se necesita ser segudor de ningún concepto, se requieren ideas creativas para estar a la vanguardia. FELICIDADES, EXCELENTE TRABAJO, LOS ADMIRO !!

  9. Ada says:

    Excelente concepto, diseño, producto, todo! La verdad estoy impactada de la forma en la que lo consiguieron sin duda invirtiendo y explotando el gran talento! Muchas felicidades y vamos México!