September 29, 2020

Raise a Mug to National Coffee Day with 7 Energizing Cafés

September 29 is National Coffee Day, and to celebrate, we’re serving up these seven cafés with designs ranging from the serious to the sublime.

1. KOGAA Utilizes Local and Raw Elements for Prague Café

Handcut terracotta pipes front Typika’s counter, topped with an oak veneer that also forms shelves. Photography by Alexandra Timpau.

Typika “is a specialty café with care for locally-sourced, raw ingredients,” says Alexandra Georgescu, who designed the space with her cohorts at Czech firm KOGAA Studio. The aesthetic is similar: local and raw. The team hand-cut and arranged terracotta water drainage pipes into walls, screens, and faces for the counter, creating a minimal but eye-catching op-art depth. — Jesse Dorris

The team hand cut and arranged terracotta water drainage pipes to create walls and screens. Photography by Alexandra Timpau.

2. X+O Blends Laid-Back Lush With Australian Gastronomy for the Full Circle Café in Bali

Custom banquettes line an end wall of the Full Circle Café, and floating stairs lead to its whiskey bar on the second level. Photography by Sheila Man.

The airy Full Circle Café in upland Bali blends the Indonesian island’s laid-back lushness with Australia’s passion for flat whites and smashed avocado. The 120-seat café-restaurant in Ubud represents the shared vision of client Expat Roasters, a specialty coffee producer, and Sydney’s X+O design firm, led by principal Rebecca Vulic. — Jeff Book

Behind the banquettes, a perforated metal partition screens the kitchen. Photography by Sheila Man.

3. FORM Bureau Gives St. Petersburg’s Sight. Coffee and Dine a Fresh Spin on Nature

The photogenic pink concrete bar pops against the organic patterns of the breccia floor. Photography by Dmitry Tsyrenshchikov.

Sight. Coffee and Dine is located on the ground floor of a renovated, red-brick former factory building in St. Petersburg’s historic Petrogradsky district. The space was designed by Moscow-based FORM Bureau for its long-time clients, Artur and Zara Bersirov. The 1,615-square-foot space, which grew from a Lego Architecture model, is divided into two separate spaces: a casual, cafe-like entrance and a slightly more formal dining area, with a bold pink concrete bar at the center. — Jennifer Baum Lagdameo

Perhaps the most striking touch is the mirrored metal “hanging garden” sculpture by St. Petersburg sculptor Nikita Stepanenko. Photography by Dmitry Tsyrenshchikov.

4. Memphis Colors and Italian Tradition Mix in a Tricota-Designed Buenos Aires’ Café

Citrino manufactured the custom stools, with powder-coated bases and terrazzo seats. Photography by Tomas Ledesma.

With its geometric appeal and pink-and-blue palette, Duca Caffé & Apericena in Buenos Aires might bring to mind the Memphis design movement. But its inspiration was much closer to home, explains Ezequiel Norry, co-founder and designer of Tricota, who headed up the coffee and small-plates café’s design. The team hit upon the Italian concept of apericena, Norry notes, and took it as part of its name. “It’s a moment of the day where you drink and eat, sharing and talking with friends.”— Jesse Dorris

Banquettes, by Estudio Ohio and Estudio Ripani, are powder-coated steel with velveteen upholstery. Photography by Tomas Ledesma.

5. Batay-Csorba Architects Brews up Milky’s Coffee Shop in Toronto

Milky’s by Batay-Csorba Architects. Photography by Doublespace Photography.

Thousands of diamond-shaped pieces of natural and stained oak with Carrara marble inserts form paneling that transitions seamlessly from floor to wall to ceiling, wrapping visitors in a soothing yet energizing enclosure. —Annie Block

Milky’s by Batay-Csorba Architects. Photography by Doublespace Photography.

6. Bolt Design Group Serves Up a Tiny Jolt of Warmth in NYC’s Dan Jones Coffee Bar

Custom cushions and a tubular backrest by Stitchroom provide comfortable seating and a sleek touch of modern design. Photography courtesy of Bolt Design Group.

In a place as dense as the Manhattan grid, every nook and cranny counts. This couldn’t be truer of Dan Jones, a new coffee bar in Midtown East that is tucked in a 400-square-foot space the size of a two-car garage. Designed by Brooklyn-based firm Bolt Design Group, the café features a swooping milled plywood slat-wall that curves upwards to meet a rippled, reflective ceiling. — Elissaveta M. Brandon

To visually enlarge the space, Bolt Design Group designed a partially reflective ceiling that features a ripple-effect texture. Photography courtesy of Bolt Design Group.

7. Bidgood + Co Infuses Victoria, British Columbia Coffee Shop With Pops of Color

Bidgood chose a light wood for the bench seating from British Columbia maple trees, sourced from local millworkers. Photography by James Jones.

When the Hey Happy coffee shop in the historic Market Square neighborhood in Victoria, British Columbia, expanded its interior space, owner Brad Holmes called on Kyla Bidgood, founder and principal of Bidgood + Co. Interiors. Working off of the café’s original industrial features and signature color scheme, Bidgood sought out to capture Hey Happy’s uplifting and casual essence. — Quinn Halman

The baristas’ open work station—and the wall cutouts—allow them to see customers throughout the entire coffee shop, providing a safe and secure work environment. Photography by James Jones.

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