Dubai-based boutique practice, 4Space Design has completed the new outlet of Kava & Chai in the high-traffic Mall of the Emirates.
Paying homage to Arab culture and traditions centered on tea and coffee in a welcoming way, the brief given to the design team was to re-brand the interior design in the location while still maintaining the core identity and philosophy of the brand.
The compact 35m2 specialty coffee shop is sited in a prime location. "Designing a tight space is a big challenge, so we considered parametric design in generating the overall concept," says Firas AlSahin, co-founder of the firm. "The intelligence to our design of exploring the possibilities surprises us in the discovery of unimagined outcomes generated by our creation."
The focal point of the design are the tubes installation and globe lights. The bold elements of the installation create a statement ceiling. "The whole inspiration comes from the Arabica tree and clusters of coffee beans," says Alsahin. "To add a layer of graphic element, we laid a leaf pattern that showcases the brand identity."
The colour palette, especially teal, has also been used to accentuate the space. Alsahin adds: "It provides depth and an alternative to white walls that have dominated trends in recent times. Together with the customised globe lights that emit a natural glow, the chosen materials creates a striking visual effect, improving the ambiance of the small space."
The table top featured terrazzo with inlays of Kava & Chai icons which are coffee beans and tea leaf. "Terrazzo is currently viewed as a bit of luxury finish but was actually created as a budget friendly material," says Alsahin. "It has a long-lasting finish that performs with a touch of class; valued for its integrity as much as its appearance. On the floor, we have executed Palladiana terrazzo - a type of mosaic finish incorporating the use of large marble slabs. The results are astonishing, the use of larger-sized aggregates helps to create a graphic effect."
For the chairs and seating pods, the design team used the Pantone Colour of the Year -- Living Coral. "For the counter, we used oakwood and engraved icons for a more refined look. Since we are re-branding the interiors, we created a round feature made of illuminated LEDs and tinted glass with coffee bean and tea leaf that serves as the brand icon. #Kava&Chai was placed for instagrammable opportunities," shares Alsahin.