When the Diaz brothers bought the Downbeat Café in Echo Park they knew some things needed to change, they came to us asking for a “20s style café” that fit the character of the brick building that housed it. We were happy to oblige, and designed a café that feels at once original to the building and as contemporary and experimental as the frequent events next door at the Machine Project. Conceptually we treated the architectural surface as fabric: tailoring the wainscoting the way you would a suit to pull away from the walls in key areas, creating bench seating, a bar and a cash wrap. We mimicked the effect of wallpaper using large scale stenciling, and fabricated curved oak flooring to bend with the counter. Photos courtesy of Nephew-LA.
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