New York Cafe Reflects “Beauty in Imperfection”

Commoncraft, a Brooklyn studio, designed this New York Cafe East Village with a purposely unfinished look, featuring distressed concrete, used rowlock bricks, and aged plasterwork.

Kuppi Coffee Company, from New Jersey, recently obtained a 350-square-foot unit on busy St Marks Place for their expansion into Manhattan – their second store.

The walls of Kuppi Cafe in the East Village are covered in a textured concrete plaster.

The interior design of the space is tight and cozy, offering customers a place to sit, and a counter for the cafe. Behind the scenes, there is a separate area dedicated for staff to prepare, as well as a restroom.

The approach of Commoncraft to the front-of-house area was based upon the wabi-sabi concept of “flawed beauty” from Japanese art.

Commoncraft decided on materials for the space that are intentionally rough and incomplete in appearance.

Additionally, Commoncraft, a studio established by Zach Cohen and Tony-Saba Shiber, has crafted Kuppi Cafe with a variety of coarse and untreated substances, expressing the attractiveness of imperfection, they declared.

The walls and ceiling of the room are curved with a texture of concrete plaster creating an enclosure along with the concrete floor.

Moreover, Customers who are waiting for their orders can sit on the tiny bench provided in the confined area.

At the juncture of the walls, there is a vertical object covered in a bluish outer layer of plaster which is starting to come off and expose the white paint underneath.

At the top, a Kuppi logo is barely visible, and stainless-steel shelving has been integrated into one corner of the pillar to showcase merchandise.

The counter of the cafe has been covered with bricks set on their ends to show the internal workings.

Furthermore, Areas for customer engagement – including a service desk and a small seat – are delineated by terracotta bricks, which are arranged in rowlock courses with their interior and grout “insides” exposed.

Commoncraft noted that the terracotta volumes end with a line of cut bricks, emphasizing the rough, unpolished inner layers.

The creators have made sure that their theme is reflected in every detail of the small cafe.

Commoncraft pointed out that the genuineness of the area was further enhanced by some minor details.

The plaster of a corner of the room is  light blue, and its distressed surface reveals a layer of whitewash beneath.

The counter has stainless steel shelves that float behind it, while a glass guard stands alone to protect bakery items. Additionally, spherical concrete pendant lights hang above the bench at various heights.

The cafe is noticeable from the busy road due to its entirely glass-fronted facade.

A sequence of cut bricks marks the end of the counter

The streets of New York City are lined with thousands of cafes and coffee shops. Some of which feature distinct interiors that are created to attract people to come in.


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