Strange Love Coffee is a growing local Toronto based coffee shop focusing on providing a unique coffee experience by utilizing specialized treated water and one of a kind roasts that are hand picked by a Coffee Sommelier.
The intent was to create a space that communicates Strange Love’s obsession with quality coffee experience while resolving two key challenges to fit a complex coffee production program within an off-centered triangular 275sq ft space as well as to drive passerby attention to an easily missed corner.
26’ counterspace was integrated into an 8’ storefront accommodating 5 baristas to seamlessly produce 1500 coffees per week. The shape of the site to inform the design and the production line was carefully studied to minimize travel and movement for all the staff.
Understanding that the end-user served are corporate professionals with stressful jobs, we devised Strange Love as a tropical retreat within the path. A floor-to-ceiling signage by the staircase wall to entice patrons and a loud custom wallpaper adorn with tropical plants introduced a biophilic experience into a small space with a severely limiting budget while drawing attention to an otherwise easy to miss corner.
Since a sophisticated re-engineered mineral water is one of the secret ingredient behind Strange Love Coffee’s award winning recipe, we celebrated the filtration system by creating an illuminated display that showcases the raw industrial beauty of the system itself. The shop has a weekly rotation of custom roasted coffee, which is placed at the front counter for customers to interface with where the Baristas would proudly introduce the different roasts to the consumer. Additional products on open display atop custom wood shelving with brass hardware are available for purchase. The front counter is also mounted on hidden wheels and allow easy access for workers.
From the loud material finishes, a malleable counter that snakes through the awkwardly site, water filtration and produce showcases, we created a space that help tell the client’s story and entice passerby to stop and smell the roasts.
Design Period: September 2018 / Completion: March 2019
Toronto, ON, Canada
Strange Love Coffee
With the idea to bring the home to the office, while having the well being of the staff in mind, we created a space that allows efficiency and a sense of hospitality to prosper. Using furniture that is ideally used in domestic spaces and applying it to areas of the office helped create welcoming environments and warm nooks for the staff. To create privacy for the staff the use of vinyl graphics was used to created translucent partitions while still allowing viewers to see into each office space.
Design Period: September 2017 / Completion: February 2018
Toronto, ON, Canada
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