Inga Pieslikaitė designs minimal interior for Crooked Noses & Coffee Stories

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In order to create a "silent" interior for this Lithuanian coffee shop, designer Inga Pieslikaitė paired birch wood furniture with poured concrete flooring and white-painted walls (+ slideshow).

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

Located in Vilnius, the Crooked Noses & Coffee Stories cafe was set up with a focus on the drinks rather than the design.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

Pieslikaitė aimed to reflect this through her design, and created a minimal interior that encourages visitors to enjoy the coffee being served.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

"Coffee is very complex drink if you think about its tastes and aromas," she told Dezeen. "So if you have minimal or silent interior you can more clearly enjoy the coffee."



"As this cafe focuses on slow coffee culture and hand-brewing methods, it's nice to avoid active design elements and solutions which would distract barista and visitor from enjoying dark drink ritual," she added.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

The space is divided into two main zones by a long white bar. One area is the baristas' working space, and the other has chairs and tables for visitors.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

The long white bar can be moved, allowing the interior to transform into a single open space.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

Birch wood was used to construct furniture throughout the interior. Floors are made from poured concrete, and walls are painted white to keep the space bright and clean.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

Cups and mugs were designed by shop owner Emanuelis Ryklys, and are made from clay covered in natural bee wax and glazed from the inside.

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

"Clay is very typical material for old ceramic works in Lithuania, so I wanted cups which would have traditional and local feeling, but modern look fitting the interior," Ryklys told Dezeen. "I also designed the clay coffee dripper which we're using as one of the coffee brewing methods at our cafe."

Crooked Nose & Coffee Stories by Inga Pieslikaitė

Other minimal cafe interiors include a coffee shop and roastery inside a Tokyo warehouse by Schemata, and a timber-lined tearoom by Haptic that takes its design cues from Scandinavian architecture.

Photography is by Darius Petrulaitis.

  • Charlie Holloway

    The chairs are designed by Enzo Mari, there’s an interesting interview to go with the process of thought behind them.

    • dan

      Yeah, strange and worrying that this wasn’t mentioned!

  • Leo

    I wonder if one can more clearly enjoy the coffee sitting on uncomfortable chairs like those.

    • Albert Avila

      Those chairs are very comfortable, build one and try it.

      • Leo

        Thanks for the suggestion, but I prefer to enjoy the coffee more clearly in my comfy armchair.