Project description provided by Alice D’Andrea Design. Photos by Andrea Boni.
Howe Cafe is one of six locations of Pallet Coffee Roaster in Vancouver. The interior design aims to preserve the business brand identity by using materials and elements that are always present throughout their locations: reclaimed wood, perforated metal, iron glass partitions, communal tables and of course pallets.
The pallets are redesigned and reinterpreted; they are transformed into listels that expand and streamline the space, creating an elegant visual harmony.
The long communal table stretches along the window. A cut in the reclaimed wood top is designed to receive a green insert. The counter is the architectural element that creates dialogue between two different spaces: we wanted to unify the front and back of the coffee shop.
Like the communal table, all the other tabletops in the shop are made from reclaimed fir and beautifully crafted by local design studio, Chapel Arts.
Metal and concrete-look engineered stone compose the counter, where the coffee equipment carefully introduces a splash of red, boosting the colour palette. The counter represents the focal point that greets customers; it visually connects the interior with its urban environment.
A sophisticated translation of pallets used as wall panelings introduce bold colours, backlit details and green elements. Neutral materials combined with bold colours, such as red and blue, are carefully infused to create statement elements. These warm tones are welcoming to customers and support their motto “Bring coffee love to your community.”