In our October 2014 issue, we profiled Luke Pedersen and James Lennard, the designers who run Cape Town’s Field Office, a joint coffee shop and furniture showroom. Here, we take a tour through some more great coffee shops that combine incredible interiors with excellent espresso.
Sightglass Coffee’s 20th street outpost is a must-visit San Francisco café. The interior, masterminded by local firm Boor Bridges Architecture, showcases a wealth of handcrafted details and an industrial sensibility that pays homage to the original character of the space.
A recent addition to San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood, Saint Frank Coffee serves its brews in a geometrically inclined modern space designed by local firm Openscope Studio. The Spartan, light-filled cafe is decked out with custom furniture from local craftspeople and features an extra-long counter to highlight the work of its baristas.
The Third Wave Kiosk, a coffee stand designed by local architect Tony Hobba, is clad in reclaimed Cor-Ten steel and references the local landscape and culture of Torquay, Australia, a beachside town about 60 miles south of Melbourne.
Earlier this year, Bay Area-based coffee company Peet’s unveiled a new design for its San Francisco, California, flagship location. Located in an 80-year-old art deco building, the cafe features a palette of oak, steel, brick, concrete, and Carrara marble—materials the company can easily deploy on a national scale.
Toby’s Estate, an Australian café chain that’s been around since 1998, opened their first U.S. outpost in Brooklyn in 2012. Nemaworkshop designed the coffee shop to be an inviting social space for the neighborhood.
San Francisco’s Coffee Bar opened a Financial District location that differs markedly from the flagship shop, a neighborhood café where people often spend their lazy Sunday afternoons. The new space, designed by architecture firm jones | haydu, is meant to function as a stage that shows off the process of making an espresso drink.
Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels “Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool,” according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features the prototypical Scandinavian blonde wood and spare detailing, but with the addition of vibrant splashes of magenta.
When building a new factory and retail location in San Francisco, Heath Ceramics partnered with Blue Bottle Coffee to open an accompanying cafe inside of the 60,000-square-foot former industrial laundry. The structure was revamped by Charles Hemminger of hemmingerarchitects, and the interiors were coordinated by the design firm Commune.
On a pleasantly sleepy stretch of Solano Avenue, Berkeley-based Local 123 opened a cafe within Flowerland nursery. From a 1969 Airstream Streamline Princess trailer, proprietor Frieda Hoffman and her business partner Alex Ebel churn out lattes, macchiatos, single-drip cups, and more.