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Commercial Interior Design

Commercial Interior Design

 

Milano Espresso Lounge, the new flagship location for Milano Coffee Roasters in Vancouver, is a change-of-use renovation project.

The cafe’s brand identity, business approach and vision, were used as a conceptual language that shaped the interior of the new space. A lot of the existing conditions of the previous use were taken advantage of in-order to have a lesser impact on the space and reduce construction waste. Also, many of the materials used for the designed furniture and wall art used recycled products.

 

DESIGN CONCEPT

The art of Torrefazione – a time honoured roasting and blending craftsmanship – being the client’s main focus, was the main deriver of the spatial planning of the interior. Simplified, 3 steps were derived from this craft:

Selecting Raw coffee beans – Roasting and blending – Extracting and savouring

These steps were then used as a concept to divide the interior space into three inter-relating areas:

RAW – ROAST – SAVOR

This approach not only provided a better sense of scale within the long rectangular interior with high ceilings by breaking it up into smaller sections, it also addressed different purposes:

  • Raw – front entrance to Capture
  • Roast – the coffee bar to Engage
  • Savor – back lounge to Entertain

 

The seating type and arrangements were designed an selected with attention to scale and spatial relation.

 

SERVE STATIONS + DISPLAYS

The main serve station in kept central with bar for a more convenient access from the bar and the two seating sections at RAW and SAVOR. There’s a second serve station design at the back for busy times.

The Bar itself acts as the main display with its back wall dedicated to retail products. There are two built-in cases at the of the cafe, SAVOR area, that display retail merchandise as well.

 

ARTS + CULTURE

EXHBIT THRESHOLD – The client begin an artist inspired the use of a transitional area at the back of the space into “an exhibit room”; linking Cafe Culture and the Arts. The objective was to create a flow, and provide an opportunity to expose local talent.

Kpisheh
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