Ensemble café by Phoenix Wharf, Somerset – UK

July 16th, 2016 by retail design blog

A modern café in a traditional setting in the heart of the cathedral city of Wells, Somerset, UK. The space is designed to be used throughout the day and includes a small retail area, a café lounge as well as a restaurant. The design derives from what the brand stands for- an Ensemble. Meaning, in simple terms: ‘together, at the same time’.

Alongside the strikingly simple new logo and colour palette the illustrative woodland animals formed a large part of the overall concept. The brief to create something uniquely identifiable and translatable across future spaces inspired the creation of an architectural brand statement.

Using the dashes and patterns of the animal illustrations Phoenix Wharf formed a bespoke visual signature using a series of laser cut brass panels. The patinated effect references the natural ethos of the brand and creates a sense of harmony between the new interior and the old building. The pattern adds depth to the texture to create a truly unique and striking and memorable effect.

The result is a modern, respectful and uniquely identifiable space that welcomes locals and tourists alike. The playful animal illustrations tell a story and add a quirky sense of humour in that subtle British way. A variety of comfortable seating alongside views of the cathedral ensure a memorable experience.











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