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4Space Design completes new outlet of homegrown cafe featuring custom-made lighting installation

4Space Design completes new outlet of homegrown cafe featuring custom-made lighting installation

The latest branch of specialty cafe, Kava & Chai, in Mall of the Emirates has been conceptualised with the help of parametric design

Firas Alsahin, 4Space Design, Kava & Chai, Dubai F&B design, Dubai retail design

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."

Kava & Chai MOE

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."

Kava & Chai MOE

Kava & Chai MOE

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."

Kava & Chai MOE

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."

Kava & Chai MOE
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. 

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