Coffee to Go,
Marks & Spencer

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    Kiwi & Pom have created a cafe space for a new Marks & Spencer hospitality offering. Situated within the M&S Foodhall environment, Coffee to Go acheives a light, modern, refined space, combining a palette of black and neutral tones with timber, glass and copper detailing.

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    Working closely with M&S, Kiwi & Pom wanted to create a design solution that captured the specialist coffee shop movement, highlighting the expertise and ethically sourced coffee on offer. The concept uses bold, monolithic form to stand out from the Foodhall environment.

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    Prior to installation, concepts and materials were tested in a full scale mock-up of the cafe design.

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    A calm and open cafe layout offers seating through perch bars and café tables reminiscent of an artisanal coffee bar. The stand-alone perch bar creates a threshold to the cafe space, delineating the café area from the rest of the store.

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    Central to the design is a counter unit that works as a servery, product display and customer seating. The low-level counter offers an approachable service, encouraging interaction between staff and customer.

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    Pendant feature lighting indicates bar seating at the side counter. Kiwi & Pom selected charcoal Ash timber for the counter, an inverse to the white-washed Ash used for the table tops and perch bar counter top.

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    Walnut was introduced into the café seating specification, complementing coffee brown tones of the copper details and wall graphics. A hand-applied wall treatment gives texture and movement, and delivers a finish that is unique to each site.

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    As well as considering the overall impact of the space, Kiwi & Pom also look to the detailing - an M&S branded copper disc is inset to the centre of each cafe table top.

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    Above the main counter, lit shelving is positioned for lifestyle display, evoking a coffee-centric ambience and creating an opportunity for cross-selling, linking the space to it’s Foodhall environment.

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    Coffee to Go is currently being trialled in additional locations.

Coffee to Go

For 2016, Marks & Spencer were looking to improve their hospitality offering with a design that would place an emphasis on coffee and takeaway, highlighting ethically sourced beans and expertise, and communicating this through an interior design.

In response to the brief, Kiwi & Pom worked closely with M&S to achieve a light, modern and refined café space – using bold, black monolith form to stand out from the M&S Foodhall environment, alongside a materials palette of white-washed Ash, Walnut, glass and copper. A hand-applied textured wall treatment offers movement and a finish unique to each site, while giving a slightly industrial look and feel.

The design solution delivers a calm, open café layout with seating through perch bars and café tables, reminiscent of an artisanal coffee bar. Central to the design is a charcoal Ash counter unit that works as a servery, product display and bar seating – offering customers a place to watch their coffee being made. Lit shelving is positioned beyond the counter for a lifestyle display of product, coffee items and equipment, creating a coffee-centric atmosphere and an opportunity for cross-selling.

Kiwi & Pom designed a stand-alone perch bar for the space, delineating the area from the Foodhall and creating a threshold to the café. White-washed Ash timber was specified for the perch bar counter and café table tops, a continuation from the latest M&S Café interior scheme and an inverse to the charcoal Ash used in the main counter unit. Kiwi & Pom look to consider the details as well as the big picture of each project. An M&S branded copper disc is inset to the centre of each table top, and Walnut is introduced into the café seating specification - complementing the coffee tones of the wall graphics and copper details.

The light architectural design of the cafe requires a single existing wall, allowing the scheme to be easily applied to future sites. Coffee to Go is currently being trialled in additional locations.

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