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Sustainable cafe designed to resemble luggage trunk

27 April 2011 No Comment

A new coffee shop which was constructed out of salvaged and environmentally friendly materials, has opened in East Sussex, reports Retail Focus.

The Small Batch Coffee Company has opened its second branch in Hove, near Brighton to a warm reception. The architects followed the coffee company’s brief precisely: they wanted a space which emphasised the process of roasting, grinding and brewing coffee while creating an environment where the customer felt like royalty.

The company plan to hold coffee tasting and brewing classes at the new site.

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Modern, rustic and natural space

The unit, formerly a flooring shop, was converted into a modern, rustic and natural space which conjures up a sense of the coffee trade’s history, says World Interior Design Network. The project took only six weeks to complete.

The café features dark walls and timber interior cladding, highlighted by antique pendant lights, designed to draw the eye to the rows of coffee and equipment on numerous shelves. Reclaimed teak was used on the floors and salvaged Panga Panga Walls were added.

The architects said their biggest challenge was to create a look for the shop that was sympathetic to its neighbourhood yet incorporated with the style of the first Small Batch Coffee Company shop. They settled for “part warehouse interior, part antique luggage trunk” look.

The official launch party took place on 15 April.

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