Location: Commercial Street, London
Twist In Architecture was commissioned to design a restaurant/coffee shop in the prominent & busy Commercial Street, just 2 minutes away from trendy Spitalfields Market. The existing run-down space went through several modelling changes, and the interior fit-out to create an entirely new feel of the shop. We wanted to achieve a warm and materially expressive interior and to break away from the shabby-chic norm.
Coffee and home-made food are the pride of the ‘Trade’ offer, and therefore the beautiful coffee machine and lovingly prepared food are found in the most prominent position of the shop. We envisaged the main counter as a long linear element connecting three unique spaces: display, preparation and seating with slight geometrical twists to accommodate the most practical use. The material palette consists of warm elements like timber, plywood and brick, while copper tubes became the signature feature of Trade.
Trade Essex Road
Location: Essex Road, London
Twist In Architecture's second Trade restaurant - this time in a popular residential area of De Beauvoir Town in London. As before we have dealt with an existing run-down space and put all our efforts to create a new, vibrant and typical-Trade warm and welcoming feel. Coffee and home-made food are the pride of the ‘Trade’ offer, and therefore the beautiful coffee machine and lovingly prepared food are found in the most prominent position of the shop on top of the fantastic solid mild steel counter. The material palette consists of warm elements like timber, plywood and brick, while copper mesh and copper tubes continue the Trade tradition of good industrial copper use.
Location: Spitalfields, London
We were presented with a quirky brief to create a high-end Indian restaurant in the place of an existing curry-house type Indian restaurant (different owners). Given a highly constrained budget, we have formed the design philosophy to utilise what was already there as a real environmental project reducing the landfill considerably. We have used the chutney bowls to make lights, and existing unfashionable chairs to create the bar, creating a warm feel to complement their Michelin-Star cuisine.
Location: Caledonian Road, London
Twist In Architecture was commissioned in September 2014 to design an original coffee & 21st-century internet-cafe mix in King’s Cross busy Caledonian Road, 5 minutes away from the new art college & development at Granary Square N1C. We have created an industrial feel to the shop with the concept of exposing all services - including the computers and their feed to the sitting stations. We were also co missioned to design the bespoke lighting and the bespoke plywood furniture.
Jack The Clipper, Brick Lane
Location: Brick Lane, London
Twist In Architecture was commissioned to propose a design for a hairdresser shop in trendy Brick Lane, east London. We wanted to combine the opposites – contemporary design with an established Victorian themed hairdresser brand; and the vibrant street’s history with a new building. The design theme focuses on the street’s name and history in making bricks and a variety of past and current communities in the neighbourhood. The design narrative is visible in 5 different brick portals in front of 5 hairdressing units – each modelled with a different type of vintage or new brick, bringing warmth, differentiation, texture and decoration in otherwise a contemporary designed shop.
Cool Cats' Cafe
Location: Camberwell, London
TIA was commissioned to design a cafe/restaurant converted from a disused unit to a comfortable community & family social gathering point, all in the neighbourhood almost without any immediate amenities of the same standard. The new commercial unit contains a private seating area with a south facing fully glazed shop-front towards the main street, bar seating area, and a rear garden at the back.
Ness Digital Engineering - London HQ
Location: Holborn, London
A software company approached us to refurbish their office in Holborn, London. They presented us with a brief to form two separate meeting rooms in an existing office with a controlled permeability and the storage as the absolute priorities as a somewhat constrained budget. We came up with a modular joinery idea to reduce the construction cost and to allow the maximum flexibility in presenting the office and changing as they deem fit.