Monikered the ‘coffee capital of the Middle East', Kuwait has hit new caffeine heights. Kyoto-based Arabica Coffee has arrived on Kuwait's eastern coast, with its signature clarity and minimalism, as created by prolific Japanese design studio Nendo. Crisp white concrete and coffee machine blend into the background, while brass accents and the linen coffee bags subtly reinforce the quality brew from Higashiyama, Japan.
Due to the limited height of the site, seating has been divided into tiers, with an end result akin to an amphitheatre. This layout is reflected in the shape of the ceiling, echoing the unique form of the café; creating a great social spot. Sacks of coffee beans line the walls, adding a welcome textural element to the otherwise austere interior.
The open plan nature of the space and the lack of chairs creates a motion of interaction between customers and baristas. The unique seating pattern continuing into the external fabric of the building, with additional cascading seating working its way down to street level; creating a dynamic and engaging environment both within and outside the café.
Definitive 1990s designer Martine Sitbon to return to Paris Fashion Week
Former Chloé creative director Martine Sitbon has announced she will return to Paris Fashion Week in March 2023 with a project titled Rev, which draws on her archival designs
By Jack Moss • Published
Louis Barthélemy’s tapestries capture the sublimity and dynamism of Senegalese wrestling
‘Mbër Yi / The Wrestlers’ at the Théodore Monod African Art Museum (IFAN) in Dakar sees French artist Louis Barthélemy respond to Senegalese mysticism in appliquéd hangings
By Emeline Nsingi Nkosi • Published
Braun and Kith rethink classic clock design
Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs’ original 1980s design is given a modern mood in the Kith for Braun BC 17 wall clock
By Hannah Silver • Published