Classic, reflective, beautiful, timeless.

The conceptual design process for this project began by studying universal beauty, personally defined as something that creates an aesthetically pleasing, yet intriguingly subjective experience. The two buildings that inspired its finishes and furnishings, that are also considered to be universally beautiful, were the Hagia Sophia and the Barcelona Pavilion. Sharing both reflection, and space, these two elements became the main focus in the physical design of Matopeolan. The wine bar, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, demonstrates the exercise of light and reflectivity. Concentrating on the application of mirrored materials and both artificial and natural lighting, the design encapsulates the illusion of large space.


The creation of beauty is art.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson