Dezeen: Truth Coffee by Haldane Martin
Dezeen features the Truth Coffee HQ interior by Haldane Martin:
This week Dezeen is in Cape Town so here’s a steampunk-inspired coffee shop in the city by South African designer Haldane Martin.
As the headquarters for local coffee chain Truth Coffee, the cafe occupies the ground floor of an ageing warehouse that Haldane Martin stripped bare as part of the renovation.
The space centres around a huge vintage coffee roaster, which inspired the design concept. “We immediately came up with steampunk as an appropriate conceptual reference, as both coffee roasters and espresso machines display elements of romantic, steam powered technology,” explains the designer.
A leather-covered bar runs along in front of the machine and is clad with shiny panels made from pressed tin, while bare lightbulbs and bells hang down from the exposed timber ceiling rafters.
Aside from some vintage pieces, Martin designed all of the furniture for the cafe. This includes high-backed leather seating booths, steel tables with ornate profiles and smaller tables shaped like giant cogs.
A seven-metre-long table runs through the centre of the space and was made using industrial pipes and the building’s old ceiling panels. Stools swing out from underneath and power sockets hang overhead as charging points for laptops and mobile phones.
Original cast-iron columns are dotted across the room, while new glass doors open the cafe out to the street.
Dezeen is in Cape Town all this week on the first leg of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour.
Originally published in Dezeen
26 February 2013