A coffee bar interior design taking influence from the heritage and architecture of a unique Bermondsey location. Situated under a railway arch at a popular food market, our client wanted to create a space that felt inclusive - where new visitors would feel welcome to experience their product alongside coffee experts and loyal customers.
The design scheme takes influence from the heritage and architecture of the space. Situated within 'Ropewalk' - a place where rope was once manufactured - the site is now an architectural salvage & timber yard, where raw materials are within market visitor’s sight alongside a salvage retail space. As well as rope draped over the entrance sign to the street, a main decorative feature of the market are flags festooned above visitors' heads.
The brief from the client was to create a design that announced their brand and offer, with an injection of colour. The coffee bar also needed to feel accessible to all market visitors - from regular to new customers, and those looking for high quality product. A separate display was also required for baked goods to be sold at the market front. Lunar Lunar designed a counter and layout that allowed for the client's specialist equipment and up to three members of staff behind the counter. The counter is positioned at the front of the arch to make the offer clear to market traffic. Seating beyond the counter and under the staircase offer a space for customers to enjoy their beverages and the coffee atmosphere.
Two design routes were explored at concept stage - Route 1 offers a playful and warm scheme with an inclusive, community feel, inviting visitors to enjoy the Good Coffee experience. Woven ropework and natural ply reflect the heritage of the space, and are complemented by coral and red tones inspired by the surrounding brickwork. Illustrative graphic elements create a playful feel through menu, wayfinding signage and an under-stairs wall treatment using vintage Bermondsey newspaper articles. Bespoke seating and rope artworks use curved forms to echo the railway architecture and soften the boldness of the scheme.
A second design route offers a more light, clean and considered scheme, placing muted teal panelling against ply banquette seating. The materials are still rustic in nature - reflecting the timber yard location - but clean in style using linear arrangements. Custom-design ropework screens delineate the space, and flag-style signage is inspired by the market street decor. The layout for this scheme provides an L-shaped counter, allowing customers to experience the coffee process from both the front and rear of the space.