Location: St. Venera, Malta
Project Team: Steven Risiott, Patricia Grech
Commissioned to prepare the conceptual interior design and layout of the first of a franchise of cafes, A Collective designed a palette of materials, colours and patterns to form a basis for the company’s brand.
Located in an area deeply rooted in its traditions, the approach was to create a contemporary yet familiar environment inspired by the surroundings.
A monogram was developed from the geometry of the Maltese cross, six pointed star and three dimensional cubes typically found in the floor patterns of local town houses. The monogram was primarily designed to form a screen defining a raised platform overlooking the street and was later interpreted as a crocheted lace pattern printed onto the internal walls and glass doors. The mouldings on the front doors of this converted town house were carried through onto the wall panelling forming the café’s bar. The bar is backed by a typical vitrine showcase and clad in a traditional bianco carrara marble. The café was developed as an extension of a traditional town house with hanging mason glass jar lights reminiscent of the glass chandeliers and wall sconces.
The honeycomb patterned floor punctured with highlights of yellow and various shades of grey hexagonal tiles guide the visitor through the space, defining the waiting zones and leading to the dining tables.