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Friday, November 5th, 2010

Nema Workshop was approached to design the interior of an existing espresso bar in New York City—a design that would carry the brand into future locations and establish a signature visual style. Located near the Grand Central Terminal, with its daily hordes of tourists and commuters, the espresso bar needed to be eye-catching.

Nema decided to "take the ordinary and turn it on its side." The nearby New York Public Library in Bryant Park served as primary inspiration. The redesign includes sepia-toned photographic prints of books covering the tiled surfaces of of the bar—up the walls, under foot, and on the ceiling. The frosted glass wall behind the service counter illuminates the space and the wall directly opposite is clad in rich brown herringbone.

As many have noted, it's somewhat odd to have a space so literature-centric, and not include any actual books. However, from a pattern standpoint, the book-spine motif is effective, and varied enough to interrupt the repetition. The swaths of solid color—brown wall, white bar, and frosted glass—do well to neutralize the business of the books, as well. The entire design gives the impression of modernity wrapped in a loving, literary embrace of antiquity.

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