HI-MACS® captures the origins of chef Martín Berasategui, for his new restaurant in Mallorca
El Txoko de Martín, the first post-pandemic project launched by the chef with the most Michelin stars on the Spanish culinary scene, is opening in Palma de Mallorca with an affordable fine dining experience in a unique 600 m2 space with multiple nods to Berasategui’s Basque origins.
The new restaurant El Txoko de Martín was inaugurated just in time for summer 2021, determined to leave the difficult months of the pandemic behind. This new gastronomic venue features decorations in which wood, iron, stone and ceramic details play an important role. The most striking feature of the restaurant includes three large murals, made by the Mallorcan firm Sublime using HI-MACS® solid surface, which capture a variety of sports disciplines, two of which originated in the Basque Country.
The images capture three sports: traditional Basque rowing, Basque pelota and soccer, in honour of Berasategui’s athletic, multidisciplinary youth in his native land. These murals, which draw visitors’ eyes as soon as they step inside, were produced on HI-MACS® natural acrylic stone, in Alpine White, by complex, skilful sublimation work.
Sublime, the Group Concord company in Mallorca tasked with designing the murals, explains the sublimation process performed on HI-MACS® as a complicated technique, by which digital prints were transferred in a gaseous state to the solid surface, by applying controlled pressure and heat in special kilns.
Sublime’s vast experience with sublimation techniques ensured that the final images would be completely incorporated into the material, making the artwork resistant, durable and suitable for places with heavy traffic. HI-MACS® offers a number of additional advantages that provided added value to the end result. It is a completely smooth surface without pores, which guarantees the perfect integration of the dye. The seamless material gives a superbly hygienic finish, as well as simplifying cleaning, along with a high level of resistance and durability when in public areas like a hospitality venue.
“There are very few materials that can be moulded to resemble tiles, and that are capable of receiving the heat transfer of an image within their structure,” notes Juan Chito, Sublime’s designer, in reference to the properties of HI-MACS®.
He adds, “the convex sides and the application of a layer of epoxy resins on the face achieved the cracked, distorted effects we were looking for in this decorative project.”