Ménard Dworkind Architecture & Design Creates an Italian Café in Montreal Inspired by the ’90s
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal and designed by Ménard Dworkind Architecture & Design, Caffettiera Caffé Bar—a coffee destination rooted in Italian culture—features a relaxed and inviting atmosphere with decorative elements inspired by the 1990s.
“We were greatly inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’s kids toys,” says David Dworkind, partner at the firm. “The color palette and the geometry influenced the Formica patterns and tones that we decided to use for the tables and standup bar.”
Some of the design elements that make this 745-square-foot space visually surprising and unique include the black monolithic terrazzo bar, checkerboard mosaic floor, vintage chairs and books, curved mirrors, and walls covered in faux-wood plastic laminate. Signs on the orange steel beam above the bar indicate where to pay and order while pendant lights by Lambert & Fils, created with yellow telephone wire, illuminate the space.