Pancake Social by NO Architecture

Atlanta breakfast joint Pancake Social draws on simplicity of Scandinavian design

Atlanta studio NO Architecture has teamed pale woods and white accents with retro tiles and gingham print inside this all-day breakfast eatery in the city.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

The Pancake Social restaurant is located in a historic brick building in Atlanta's Ponce City Market area, which is a mixed-use community hub of food, retail, office and residential spaces.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

Designed by local studio NO Architecture, the breakfast joint features an abundance of pale woods and white details that are intended to draw on Scandinavia's minimal design aesthetic.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

"Much of the design was inspired by the simplicity seen in Scandinavian design with its clean lines, natural light and raw woods," said NO Architecture.

Wood panelling painted in pale hues lines the walls of the space. The upper portion is ridged to created striations, while the lower section remains flat.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

At the centre of the eatery is a curved counter, featuring a pale wooden base with slender white steel shelves placed above for storage. The structure separates the spacious floorplan into the open servery at the front and a dining area in the back.

These two sections are also marked by different flooring, which changes from pale tiles at the entrance to larger, darker charcoal tiles in the rear.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

Illustrations of coffee cups, pancakes and strips of bacon, in repeating patterns of dark blue and white adorn the paler floor tiles as a nod to Pancake Social's menu.

Behind the counter, the rear dining area comprises white chairs and pale wooden tables that match the barista volume. Built-in benches along the perimeter are decorated with navy cushions.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

Another large linear bench is built around a central white pillar to divide this zone into two. An orange-and-white gingham fabric covers the seating to provide a retro touch.

Other design details include the simple white lights that are peppered throughout.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

Pancake Social is located just off Atlanta's Beltline, a public space built on a former railroad corridor that draws similarities to New York's Highline elevated park. The development has sparked a massive revitalisation of commercial and leisure activity in the southern city.

Pancake Social by NO Architecture

This includes a host of new design-focused eateries that have recently opened in Atlanta, such as Lazy Betty by Praxis3, AIX and Tin Tin by AI3 and Watchman's Seafood & Spirits by Square Feet Studio. Also in the city is a cafe for Garden & Gun Magazine designed by New York studio Workstead.

Photography is by Fredrik Brauer.

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