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A restaurant and hospitality design team sharing a few of our favorite spaces as well as our own work. We strive to be ambassadors of good design. Come take a look at what you're missing in your own city!Drop by the website for our most recent work; kaperdesign.com
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  • 02/10/14--06:30: Oli & Levi
  • Name: Oli & Levi
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Design: Unkown
    Photography: Erika Hildegard Photography



    With the long, dark winter most of the states are currently experiencing, it's always a welcomed sight to have the beautiful work of my favorite Aussie/American photographer pop up in my inbox. Oli & Levi is a cafe in Melbourne that offers a bright and cheerful escape. 


    ** I just heard Erika will be back in the States this fall. If you are looking for wedding, engagement, family, or interior photos- reach out now before she fills up!**



    I love the vibrancy of the space. Filled with bold patterns and a punch of yellow the space feels bright and welcoming.


    Built in shelving and displays allows for the small space to utilize every square inch and allows them ample room for storage and retail.






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  • 02/12/14--06:30: Nordburger
  • Name: Nordburger
    Location: Adelaide, South Australia
    Design:Peter Jay Deering


    Nordburger takes America's favorite concept of burgers and fries, and combines it with a clean aesthetic fitting of the quality food being served. 




     Gone are the primary colors and plastic seats so commonly found in quick service spaces. Utilizing a minimal aesthetic and simple materials keeps the space bright, inviting, and warm. Limited seating encourages quick bites and a grab and go mentality. The use of concrete bases insures the seats they do have stay in place ensuring room for guests to pass. 


    All images © Vogue Living AU

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  • 03/04/14--06:30: Journeyman Distillery
  • Name: Journeyman Distillery
    Location: Three Oaks, MI
    Design: DkGr Architects



    One of my favorite stops when driving from Chicago up to Michigan is Journeyman Distillery. Located in the historic Featherbone factory,  Journeyman keeps the history of their space front and center. 






    The barrel room shines behind large plate of glass and contrasts the raw space, easily drawing your eye toward it.

    The use of wood throughout the space helps warm up the industrial and urban interior. I enjoy that the bones and history of the building where allowed to shine with minimal and industrial furniture added in to accent. 


    All images © Archinect


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  • 03/19/14--06:30: Auction Rooms Cafe
  • Name: Auction Rooms Cafe
    Location: North Melbourne, Australia
    Photography: Erika Hildegard Photography



    It's always a good day when I get to click through recent images captured by Erika Hildegard. Auction Rooms Cafe is a specialty coffee roaster and cafe located in the former WB Ellis Auction House. With exposed brick, lofty ceilings, and wood supports the architecture sets a pretty great stage.





    Given the original space, I find that the reclaimed and reused feel of  fixtures inside to be appropriate and welcoming. 


    The vintage and reclaimed touches contrast well with the urban and industrial space while the use of architectural beams help divide the space. These allow the light filled space to remain airy and open. 






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  • 04/14/14--06:00: Zito's Sandwich Shoppe
  • Name: Zito's Sandwich Shoppe
    Location: Brooklyn, NY
    Design & Identity: Tag Collective


    Located in Park Slope, Zitto's modern-industrial space features the perfect amount of Italian heritage.




    Classic white subway tile, mercantile shelving, and pipe shelving all cement Zitto's as a modern Italian deli while the hung bulbs of garlic and salumi keep the authenticity alive and pay tribute to the classic Italian delis of New York's past. 


    All Images @ Tag Collective

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  • 05/05/14--06:30: Barchetta
  • Name: Barchetta
    Location: NYC
    Design: LDV Hospitality



    One of the newest openings in NYC is Barchetta, an intimate italian seafood spot. Vintage and nautical touches fill the main dining space and mezzanine exuding a casual warmth throughout the space. 





    Danish chairs and custom tables made from found ceiling trusses live alongside abstract impressionist art and vintage light fixtures. The overall space is intimate and casual while maintaining a level of refinement through a natural color scheme and abundance of texture.


     All images © Architectural Digest





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  • 05/14/14--06:30: Garage Project
  • Name: Garage Project
    Location:Wellington, New Zeeland
    Design: Matt Smith, Common Goods


    We love a good brewery and Garage Project, located in New Zeeland, has recently grabbed our attention for its bold use of color, urban exterior, and simple tasting bar. 


    Using a limited material palate, polished subway tiles contrast the warm wood bar and allow the beer on tap to shine.





    With industrial and midcentury nods, the overall space compliments the polish and industrial nature of the brewing equipment adjacent. 



    All images © Fancy!

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  • 08/15/14--19:47: Homer Street Cafe
  • Name:  Homer Street Cafe
    Location:Vancouver, Canada
    Designer:Ste. marie



    Hitting a perfect balance between transitional and industrial, Home Street Cafe creates an inviting and warm space with just enough punch to keep it on trend.





    I love the amount of detail work that can be found though out the space. While some details don't fit in perfectly, they all help balance the pristine white adding to the layers of the space and ultimately creating warmth and wit. 



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  • 08/19/14--06:00: Hotel Fontevraud
  • Name: Hotel Fontevraud
    Location: Loire Valley
    Design: Patrick Jouin


    To say that Hotel Fontevraud has a rich history would be an understatement. Constructed between 1101 and 1119 as an Fontevraud Abbey, hosting both Monks and Nuns. The order was dissolved during the French Revolution(1792) and was habituated again in 1804 as a prison. Serving as a prison for 159 years, the Abbey was handed over in 1963 and restoration work began to return it to it's former self. The current vision for Hotel Fontevraud is a 'Cité Idéal' or the intersection of intellect and culture by providing hospitality for guests.  

    With this new chapter comes a new restaurant that celebrates its past while firmly establishing it's future. 




    What makes this new revitalization a success, in my opinion, is the juxtaposition of old and new. The contemporary furnishings compliment the architectural beauty surrounding you while also allowing you to remain firmly planted our digital and quickly evolving age. Nothing feels permanent and yet doesn't feel light enough to be unintentional. 



    All photos © knstrct





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  • 10/15/14--06:00: Wexler's Deli
  • Name: Wexler's Deli
    Location: Grand Central Market, LA
    Design: J. Marx



    There is something so wonderfully unpretentious and warm about the classic deli feel. Clean, white subway tiles accentuated by the stainless steel equipment and butcher block counters seem to create the perfect backdrop for vibrant ingredients. 

    Read on for more images-




    Located in LA's Grand Central Market, Wexler's stands out with it's bold sense of style; effortlessly mixing classic New York deli with hip LA culture. We love the graphic illustrations applied to the subway tile and the display of bagels and pickles lining the otherwise impeding structural column. 


    All images © Wexler's Deli


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  • 10/22/14--06:00: Top Paddock Cafe

  • Name: Top Paddock Cafe

    Location: Richmond, Melbourne
    Design: Unkown


    Light filled and welcoming, Top Paddock uses it's industrial home in Richmond's warehouse district to create multiple spaces and experience.  With a large open kitchen and two bars, one specifically for to-go orders, the space feels thoughtful and exciting. 




    White on white geometric moulding, subway tile, and beautiful lights fill the space with warmth and character. The interior also features multiple seating groups splashed throughout the space guaranteeing everyone is likely to find their favorite spot.




    Images 1, 2, 4 © Melbourne is Design
    Images 3, 5 © Breakfast Out

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  • 02/24/15--08:25: Nude Coffee & Wine Bar
  • Name: Nude Coffee & Wine Bar
    Location: Moscow
    Design: FORM Bureau


    Located in the heart of Moscow, Nude Coffee & Wine Bar sits within a vintage residential building. Keeping the palate simple and understated with subtle pops of brass creates a balanced and cohesive interior fitting of its name. 


    Layers of plaster were roughly stripped away to reveal the original brick beyond. The rough textures allows for a contrast to the more polished and clean fixtures and furnishings. 


     Another great detail within the space is the linear menu board, allowing offerings to be slid in and out as needed. The scrabble-esq feeling adds a touch of playfulness and informalness.

    All photos via Domusweb via FORM Bureau

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  • 03/10/15--08:21: Holy Fox Cafe
  • Name: Holy Fox Cafe
    Location: Kitay-Gorod, Moskva, Russia   
    Design: WowHaus


    Using common materials and a great pop of color and pattern, Holy Fox creates a harmonious space that feel industrial, hip, and cohesive. 



    Though a relatively narrow space, the interior feels anything but. Keeping the furniture and casework light distinguishes zones within the space. Keeping the material palate limited also helps keep the interior harmonious.
     One of our favorite moments within the space is the CMU divider and bright pop the fox wall covering brings; perfectly contrasting the rougher materials located adjacent.


     All photos Arch Daily via Frank Herfort

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  • 03/20/15--09:44: St. Cecilia
  • Name: St. Cecilia
    Location: Atlanta, GA
    Design: Meyer Davis Studio

    Located in Atlanta, St. Cecilia is a beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary. The layering of materials and attention to detail throughout help keep this large space grounded and comfortable.




    We love all of the small details that Meyer Davis infused into the interior. Every area is thought through and considered.


    Given the large scale of the space, using semi-circle booths to dot the space, helps create movement and a more intimate environment. This is a solution that commonly cannot be used within smaller scale spaces simply due to the room required for guest to enter and exit the booths but works extremely well in this application.


    All photos via Meyer Davis



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  • 03/31/15--08:44: Bowery to Williamsburg
  • Name: Bowery to Williamsburg
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Design: Di & Will Keser (Owners)


    With the opening of its second location, Bowery to Williamsburg brings even more Bowery subway station-inspired, Americana sandwich shop goodness to Melbourne. This second location found its home directly across the street from their other spot, Hardware Society, in the original Beetroot space.




    I love the initiate, shotgun style space. Given the space restrictions, it make sense Bowery to Williamsburg is reusing the communal layout used with previous tenant Brothl. The working kitchen and prep space interact with the dining space and encourage an engaged and interactive dining experience. 

     All images via Broadsheet.com

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  • 07/02/15--09:13: Olio
  • Name: Olio
    Location: St Louis, MO
    Designer: Unknown


    A converted 1930's filling station, Olio is half of a dual project located in St Louis. Utilizing the existing structure, windows, and garage door the space has just enough grittiness and authenticity offset by industrial lighting and an inviting warmth. 




    As a small space, the scale of the bar emphasizes the casual atmosphere. Reclaimed tiles, exposed wall finishes, and utilitarian & industrial lighting strongly root the stations past. 


    Image 1 © STL Magazine
    Image 2, 3© Feast Magazine
    Image 4 © tide & bloom



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  • 08/14/15--03:00: Alfred Coffee
  • Name: Alfred Coffee
    Location: Los Angeles, CA (Multiple)
    Design: Joshua Zad



    One look around the Alfred Coffee in the Alley location and you'll realize this is not your typical coffee shop. Bolder than what we are used to, it creates a great buzz of energy that is refreshing from a design stand point. 





    Keeping it simple with black and white, the play with contrast and shape help create a dynamic interior that is anything but traditional. 


    Personally, I love the use of the red neon and the gold counters. They elevate the otherwise simple materials and create a great energy within the space. The addition of aqua in the Brentwood location act in the same manner, keeping the space bold but still approachable and refreshing. 





    Photos 1-3 © Alfred Coffee
    Image 4- 6© Eater LA








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  • 08/17/15--03:00: Our Work; The Depot
  • Name: The Depot
    Location: Reno, NV
    Design: Kaper Design


    We are excited to share with you the recently opened spot we completed in Reno, NV.   The Depot was named after the buildings' 1910 origin as the depot for the the Nevada- California- Oregon railway. The design of the space plays tribute to it's rich history while firmly planting itself in the present.





    The large space features three floors; the first floor showcases the brewing and distilling that takes place behind the bar and includes bar seating, a dining room, host stand, and restrooms. The kitchen, additional bar, dining space, private lounge, and additional restrooms are located on the second. On the third floor there are offices and the barrel room.









    Barrister bookcases and custom millwork great you as you enter. Ceiling details call back to the beautiful slat benches once present and common within train depots throughout the country. 

    We wanted to keep the palate warm and understated to allow for the architecture of the space, and the brewing equipment behind the bar, to shine. 


    The second floor bar features beautiful concrete tiles and and industrial seating while the first floor dining space, shown below, features a large-scale map showing The Depot's location and old rail lines that we had created as a wall covering.


    All Photos © Calvert Photography via The Depot 




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  • 08/19/15--09:28: Shortstop
  • Name: Shortstop
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Design: Foolscap 



    A good doughnut is always a good find. A good doughnut in a great space; can you ask for more?
    Foolscap crafted a space for Shortstop Coffee & Doughnuts that is bright, light, and playfully speaks to the key offering.


    We love the subtle pattern created from the tile installation and the beautifully displayed doughnuts within their glass case. Subtle, well-thought out details like these help elevate the simple interior.


    Read on for more photos-



    Throughout the space you will notice the circular shape present; a playful and fitting ode to the doughnut. Paired with light, blonde wood, glossy tiles, and light concrete the space feels bright and warm.


    Warm walnut wood tones help balance out the space and add a bit of richness at the entry. The custom tables and bar help maximize the small square footage of the space and allow for a moment of respite. 


    Image 3 © Broadsheet
    All other images © Tom Blanchford via Foolcap Studio






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  • 08/21/15--08:58: The Potting Shed
  • Name: The Potting Shed (at the Grounds of Alexandria)
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    Design: Acme & Co



    It looks like The Grounds of Alexandria has been growing; both literally & figuratively. One of the newest additions to their already beautiful space (Check out photos of their roaster and cafe, here.) is The Potting Shed. This patio addition does a great job blending into the grounds and creates a welcoming retreat.



    Check out the custom draft tower and more images after the jump-




    As the name implies, The Potting Shed was designed to resemble just that. Warm shades of green, mismatched patio chairs, and potting tables all help tie the theme together and give you the impression you truly are enjoying your beverage in their garden.


    We love the shed itself, with it's operable windows opening up to become the bar and custom draft tower. The brick backdrop and tractor stools add one more layer of warmth to this local watering hole. 


    Images 2, 3, 5 © The Daily Addict




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  • 08/24/15--09:03: Al Tun Tún
  • Name: Al Tun Tún
    Location: Valencia, Spain
    Design: Sandra Tarruella



    A controlled material palate and great amount of natural light help make Al Tun Tún a warm, beckoning space. 





    The beautiful open kitchen puts the cooking at center stage. Simple lines and a beautiful lighting installation add just enough to support the theater and help with the overall scale of the two story space.


    All images © We Heart





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  • 08/28/15--10:14: Verden E5
  • Name: Verden E5
    Location: London
    Design: Otherworks


    Located in London, Verden E5 is a modern wine bar and deli. With bold geometric lines prevalent throughout the interior, the space is modern and dramatic.







    Intimate lighting in the dining room contrasts the lighter, airy bar space. I love the bold lighting in the bar area and enjoy the strong geometry created by use of simple fixtures. 



    All images © Verden E5






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  • 10/12/15--05:00: Carter Bar & Kitchen
  • Name: Carter Bar & Kitchen
    Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Design: Nicemakers


    Carter Bar & Kitchen, located in Amsterdam, is a warm and gilded reprieve from the everyday. Chestnut and chocolate browns, high gloss blacks, and shiny brass play off each other perfectly within the two story space.


    More photos after the jump.




    I love the simple shelving behind the bar and how it helps balance the scale of the two-story open space in the bar area. 


    All three areas within the space have a distinctive feel but come together in a cohesive manor. All feel warm, rich, and layered which makes for a space you feel you could sit and stay for a while. 


    All photos © 31 Pictures via Nicemakers





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  • 05/07/16--04:30: Osteria Oggi Adelaide
  • Name: Osteria Oggi Adelaide
    Location:Adelaide, South Australia
    Design: Studio Gram



    Utilizing the natural light and architecture of their space, Osteria Oggie is a bright, light-filled space with a focus on repetition and simple materiality. 




    Balancing traditional Italian design with the very on-trend pastel color story, the interior feels both fresh and light but also rooted in history and simplicity. The minimalist and pure material palate helps balance the geometric floors and repetition of curves. Attention to detail within such a simplified space elevates the interior and creates a sense of richness and depth.



    All images © Yellow Trace via Studio Gram

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  • 07/26/16--07:30: Nomad Coffee
  • Name: Nomad Coffee
    Location: Barcelona
    Design: Unknown


    There is something great about the simplicity and unfussy nature of Nomad Coffee. Located in Barcelona, Nomad started out as a small cart and has since transitioned to a brick and mortar space, their name speaking to their roots. 


    The unimposing and warm facade welcomes you into a communal space with a utilitarian aesthetic that emphasizes the craft and connection.



    Image 1, 2 © Fuet Magazine
    Image 3 © The Soup Spoon