In this day and age, cafes and offices have come a long way in terms of design and layout. Gone are the days of mundane decor and dull coloured cubicles.
For cafes, its all about the aesthetics and ambience. Every inch of the space has to be mindfully crafted to become perfect backdrops for Insta-worthy photos. F&B owners want their customers to immerse themselves in a sensory experience that invokes their tastebuds, sense of smell, visual appeal, the feel of different textures and an overall welcoming ambience.
Retreat to Neverland or middle Earth with this fairytale forest concept. An assortment of flowers beautifully cascading from the wooden beams whilst fairy lights illuminate the cafe. Wicker chairs are used to further accentuate the rustic, outdoorsy theme.
This cafe in Malacca embodied an old fashioned ‘kopitiam’ theme. It’s a mixture of modern industrial design and retro stylings such as the use of rattan chairs and traditional Chinese paintings and murals.
Step into Little Kyoto and be transported to Japan. The client brief for this project was to infuse Japanese elements with Malaccan influences. The interior designer incorporates Kyoto inspired architecture which you immediately see at the entrance of the cafe. The unit also doubles as a cosy guest house above the cafe.
Offices, on the other hand, are embracing open floor layouts to encourage a less formal environment and to reduce hierarchical barrier. Communal workspaces have also become increasingly popular over the last few years with more remote working cultures.
If you’ve ever watched a Wes Anderson film, then you’ll definitely be able to guess where this co-working space got its inspiration from. From the colour palette chosen to the furniture and intricate decor, the designer for this project did not spare a single inch from the theme.
This interior designer found that balance between two concepts to create a private office and lounge space. The ground floor served as an office workspace with an industrial-style whereas the first level was designed to be a bar and lounge area with a contemporary style to it.
Combining an industrial and contemporary style, this interior design firm incorporates both a rustic and artistic style to their space. There’s even a large mural which doubles as a feature wall that mimics an image from the Rorschach test.
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Written by Melanie Abraham