April 18, 2017

10 International Coffee Shops

Global cafes are buzzing with caffeine and conversation.

1. Firm: OFFICIAL Design

Project: Houndstooth Coffee

Site: Dallas, Texas

Standout: An island bar anchors the clean-lined cafe and allows for 360-degree engagement with customers, who can settle into white-oak communal tables, individual nooks, or a covered patio.

Verve Third Street in Los Angeles by Pamela Shamshiri for Commune. Photography by Spencer Lowell.

2. Firm: Commune

Project: Verve Third Street

Site: Los Angeles, California

Standout: Inspired by coastal culture, exposed plywood panels stained light-blue recall the ocean—and complement Prouvé and Aalto furnishings.

Melez Tea in Istanbul by StudyoAB. Photography by Bora Hirsova.

3. Firm: StudyoAB

Project: Melez Tea

Site: Istanbul, Turkey

Standout: The interior’s zen-like serenity nods to wabi-sabi, a look achieved by salvaged wood details and a stone table that appears broken in two.

Toby’s Estate Coffee in Long Island City by Studio Vural. Photography by Kate Glicksberg.

4. Firm: Studio Vural

Project: Toby’s Estate Coffee

Site: Long Island City, New York

Standout: The site’s 40-foot-high ceilings allow wagon-wheel chandeliers to descend through exposed timber joists, illuminating a statuary marble counter and an S-curved wood banquette.

Colicci in Stratford City, United Kingdom, by Mizzi Studio. Image courtesy of the architects.

5. Firm: Mizzi Studio

Project: Colicci

Site: Stratford City, United Kingdom

Standout: A lustrous jigsaw of 542 copper fragments forms the kiosk’s sculptural canopy, beckoning visitors at the busy Westfield mall.

East One Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn by Blueberry Builders. Photography by Ethan Covey.

6. FirmBlueberry Builders

Project: East One Coffee Roasters

Site: Brooklyn, New York

Standout: This Nordic-inspired Carroll Gardens hotspot incorporates warm accents of wood, concrete, and steel, with black countertops crafted from recycled paper.

Fumi in Shanghai by Alberto Caiola. Photography by Dirk Weiblen.

7. Firm: Alberto Caiola Design & Consulting

Project: Fumi

Site: Shanghai, China

Standout: The designers visualized coffee’s aromatic vapors with a sculptural canopy that shelters a wall-mounted constellation of Moka coffee pots.

Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Photography by Matthew Millman.

8. Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Project: Blue Bottle Coffee

Site: San Francisco, California

Standout: A former Kohler warehouse, the brick masonry storefront entices visitors with a network of floating wooden boxes holding coffee and serveware.

PH Coffee in Beijing by GB Space. Photography by Zou Lei.

9. Firm: GB Space

Project: PH Coffee

Site: Beijing, China

Standout: Nodding to ancient Italian architecture, a latticed metal ceiling evokes the Renaissance, while a series of archways demarcates various zones.

CUPONE in Beijing by SODA Architects. Photography by CAO Xuefeng, LIN Yang.

10. Firm: SODA Architects

Project: CUPONE

Site: Beijing, China

Standout: Taking cues from nature, the shop’s peacock blue walls offset a thousand leaves of white acrylic, designed to mimic a stream.

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