Passionate about service, sourcing, and themselves former coffee shop managers, our clients came to us with a distinct vision for Menagerie Coffee. As their first venture, the project would require everything from finding a lease to final buildout. Involving C2 Architects and Osborne Construction, we assembled a team capable of producing quality work on a sensitive timeline and budget. As our designs took shape, words like "French bistro meets Australian white tile with a touch of colour," images of the Icelandic countryside, and glimpses of existing coffee shops around the world guided our material selection. An objective to facilitate quick to-go service while inviting longer stays informed the shop's configuration. Everything from the sleek bowling alley tables, to the warm Old City brick, the deep Walnut bench and the layouts they form seek to embody our clients' comprehensive vision.
The team that created The Cambridge and Hawthornes Biercafé approached us with plans for a bright, elegantly boisterous Mexican restaurant on 16th and South Streets. To bring Tio Flores to life as imagined, we developed custom White Oak furniture, gathered local mural artists, laser cut Moroccan tile stencils, and poured our energy into finding the distinctly Tio aesthetic. Joining our set of communal tables and hand-upholstered seating, an ornately detailed wrap-around carpet painted by Aubree Eisenwinter sits at the foot of the grandly iconic banquette mural by Kelly Franklin. The expert balance of machismo and delicacy curated by our clients sets Tio Flores as a fixture on South Street and a foundation of our portfolio.
After moving from the prominent corner of 15th and Walnut to a small side street, our client sought to create an iconic coffee shop capable of attracting visitors from the more popular thoroughfare. In pursuit of a novel, experimental feel, the project quickly became a truly hands-on design build process. From salvaged UPenn marble and Cypress Mushroom Board to a Budd Company fire door, materials we had just discovered became fixtures of the shop moments later. The project was not only our introduction to rolling doors and many of our staple materials, but also to the vibrant coffee community in Philadelphia.
The flagship Real Food Eatery is an intuitive fast casual concept developed by our clients to serve no-nonsense gourmet meals on demand. Our woodworking grounds the saturated reds, coral, and succulent greens of their branding palate in earthy reclaimed White Oak atop modern powder coated steel. Reclaimed Cypress cladding, adapted to fit the building's existing entryway, invites visitors from 16th street to step in and enjoy RFE's genuine fare.
When we began working with Matt and Marie's, we set out to develop a standard two person table that would describe its material history. We arrived at a two-part configuration of reclaimed water tower Cedar. The center and edging of each table display the silver patina and steel strap stains marking decades of life as a water tower stave. The remainder of the table is resurfaced and refinished for life in a restaurant. Varied in size and layout, this pairing of clean and weathered Cedar now appears in three Matt & Marie's locations in Philadelphia.
We were commissioned by Houzz in association with the American Institute of Architects to fabricate this whimsical children's playhouse thoughtfully designed by Edgardo Jörge-Ortiz. Full of light, color, and evolving shapes, the house was the winning design of the inaugural Playhouzz competition. After a brief display at the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia, Houzz and the AIA donated the playhouse to reside at Families Forward Philadelphia.
Proudly displaying slabs of Heart Pine joists in pristine powdercoated steel and graywashed American Ash, our contribution to Kit & Ace's Fishtown shop seeks to marry Philadelphia's industrial roots with modern Frankford Ave retail. For a contemporary brand re-envisioning the relationship between commerce and community, the 8 by 8 foot supper table and accompanying benches provide space to share style, nourishment, and big ideas.
A young digital marketing company based in Philadelphia came to us for several focal points of their new workspace: large conference tables, lunch tables, and a sliding barn door. Using reclaimed Oak and whitewashed Mushroom board we sought to bring a touch of natural texture, relaxation and warmth to the office.
Designed by Sergio Coscia of Coscia Moos Architecture and built by Kole Made, this set of intersecting Walnut slabs mounted on dark steel framed boxes serves as the CMA reception desk in their Rittenhouse office. Together with CMA, our team developed voids for cord management and custom inlay bolting that would exist within the angles and spaces generated by the design. Metalwork for this project was expertly handled by Andy Upright.