Final Major Project: Rainbow Nation

Hello everyone!

Today I thought I’d share with you what I did for my Final Major Project and last ever project at University. I had 3 options of different types of projects I could do: spatial design, surface design and styling. One of the main things that attracted me to my course was that we could create our own patterns to be used for surface design, so I decided I would do that for my Final Project..

Students doing surface design were required to create a collection of 20 patterns inspired by trends, colours, themes, etc. of their own choice.

African ethnic was very on trend for this year and as I was born and raised for half my life in South Africa, so I thought why not go with that? I went to exhibitions on african culture and art, read books of African art history and textiles design and what plants grew in Africa as opposed to everywhere else. I wanted to create something that was African, but also that people wouldn’t realise was ethnic or african at first, because it wasn’t something that would scream out to them that way. I wanted my collection to be different, and so I based it on my heritage, as well as the country itself. Although I looked at South Africa as my main source of inspiration for my collection, I did look at other parts of Africa to bring in other cultures and create a contrast in my designs.

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Esther Mahlangu’s Ndebele painted BMW at the South Africa art of a nation exhibition at the British Museum, February 2017
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South Africa has such a diverse history, culture and landscape. The plants that grow there are so exotic and tropical, and although the buildings and architecture would not be thought of as ethnic, I wanted my collection to be contemporary and to showcase things that may not portray ethnicity, but in fact are in their own way. I looked at art, fabric, tribes and patterns, as well as flowers, trees and animals and this is what I came up with:

 

 

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I looked at mud huts and villages, and the patterns painted along the sides of mud huts, the colours used, as well as weaving for the above designs.

 

 

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I wanted to highlight the different exotic plants that grew in Africa as well and celebrate the national flower of South Africa, the protea. When you look at the floral pattern, you first notice it’s a floral design until you look closely and see that it is ethnic and african, because of the african geometric inspired backgrounds. These designs give a feminine feel to my collection and add a nice contrast and change to the usually heavy, dark, masculine vibe that tends to be associated with African designs.

 

 

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Even though I wanted my designs to be contemporary, I couldn’t stay away from the traditional ethnic look for too long. I created a pottery design inspired by mud huts and african pottery, and made it look more commercial by adding in the native flowers. I created a stripe pattern inspired by African shields, a triangular pattern inspired by african geometrics and zebra stripes, an elephant design inspired by Ndebele and African indigo cloth, and an Ndebele design inspired by the patterns painted on the huts of the Ndebele tribes.

 

 

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I then wanted to go even further with the idea of what is considered and what wouldn’t be thought of as ethnic, and created a wallpaper design inspired by the township in my home town/city: Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap. Bo-Kaap is a Cape Malaysian township that has influences from Cape Dutch architecture but is colourful and bright and diverse, much like the country’s people and history. I just loved how bright the actual buildings were and how it’s one of the City’s prized places for tourists to visit, that I wanted to celebrate it. I added geometric and dot designs to some of the buildings and brought in acacia and baobab trees to make the pattern look more African. I also created a third geometric design inspired by african patterns and Ndebele that linked a bit more to the colours used in Ndebele but to add a feminine geometric pattern to the collection.

 

I am very happy with what I created for my final project and loved every minute of designing it and seeing it materialise in to real fabrics and wallpaper.

 

 

I was very lucky and fortunate to be chosen to display my collection at New Designers earlier this year! It was such an amazing experience, I made some wonderful contacts with other creative graduates exhibiting there and since graduating have begun freelancing as a textile designer for Colwill & Waud.

I plan on making a few homeware goods with some of these designs to sell! What do you think? Let me know your thoughts the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x

Domestic Living: Lloyd’s Residence

Hello again my lovely readers!

I thought I’d share with you another project I was lucky enough to do as part of my course, and that’s the open plan living area for the Lloyd’s family. My clients wanted a modern, sophisticated room that was stylish and also reflected their tastes and interests. The room needed to be family friendly as they have two children, but it needed to look grown up as well.

I based the scheme for the room off of Mrs Lloyd’s love for the work of Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto, which links to one of their Photography prints they wanted to display within the space, but I also wanted to inject some of Mr Lloyd’s personality in there in the form of bright contrasting colour, which links to their orange Vertigo poster by Saul Bass. This was what I resulted in as my concept:

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Concept Board
(Image credits (top left, clockwise): Anthropologie, Client’s
own image of a print, John Lewis, Pinterest x3)

This is how the space turned out. I wanted two different armchairs to reflect how diverse and unique the family is, as well as to create juxtaposition and variety in the space.

 

Living Room Visualisations in Vectorworks
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I went with an industrial feel for the space, as it was on trend, but I made it luxurious and modern with copper pieces accenting the room within the lights, curtain rail, coffee table, hammered side table and table lamp, concrete styled wallpaper along the same wall as the fireplace, with a different textural grey wallpaper on the chimney breast to create contrast between textures, colours and patterns against the marbled mantle piece. A black and white graphic striped wallpaper is placed on the wall that comes in to the space behind the sofa to reflect the pattern of the striped armchair as well as link to the monochrome, industrial vibes I was aiming for and the work of Yohji Yamamoto.

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Dark wood can be seen in the tv unit, flooring and legs of the striped armchair, whilst there’s a few appearances of light wood in the legs of the L shaped sofa and black armchair to mix it up a bit, which links to the dining room set up in the kitchen area of the open plan space. Glass pieces are important to help spread light around the area and can be seen in the top of the coffee table, the shelves of the metal shelving units and the frame of the console table. I used a lot of grey in the space to help calm it down a bit, but also livened it up with splashes of blue, orange and tiny accents of red to link to the colourful buttons on the black armchair.

Get the look:

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(Image credits: John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Anthropologie,
B&Q, Made.com, IKEA, Habitat, Cult Furniture, Debenhams,
the clients and Pinterest)

Below is a list of the furniture, fabrics, flooring, paint and wallpapers used in this design if you’d like to recreate the look for yourself:

  • Wall emulsion paint – Dulux in Ashen White
  • Wallpaper 1 – NLXL Concrete Paste the Wall Wallpaper in Black, John Lewis, cheaper alternative from Designers Guild
  • Wallpaper 2 – Marimekko Frekvenssi Wallpaper, John Lewis
  • Wallpaper 3 – John Lewis Hanbury Vinyl Wallpaper in Pewter
  • Curtain fabric – Harlequin Stieko Furnishing Fabric in Steel, John Lewis
  • Standing shelves – west elm Tiered Tower Bookcase in Bronze, John Lewis
  • Mirror – John Lewis Roberto Paoli Cord Mirror in Black, similar can be found on their website or at Habitat
  • Client’s own Vertigo poster by Saul Bass
  • Ceiling light – Debenhams Home Collection ‘Harrison’ cluster ceiling light
  • Client’s own photographic print
  • Wall shelves – IKEA LACK Wall Shelf in black-brown
  • TV Unit – IKEA BESTA TV bench with drawers in black-brown
  • Table lamp – John Lewis Albus Twisted Table Lamp
  • Console Table – Made.com Phane console table in smoked grey glass
  • Sofa – John Lewis Barbican RHF Corner End Sofa in Solva, Pale Storm with Light Legs
  • Sofa Cushions – John Lewis Pebble Cushions in Clementine/Marks & Spencer Wool Rich Tribal Lines Cushion (similar idea for a cushion)/John Lewis Leillo Pom Pom Cushion/John Lewis Plain Cotton Cushion in Dark Spruce
  • Side table – Habitat Orrico Rose Gold Hammered Aluminium Side Table
  • Armchair 1 – Cult Furniture Cult Living Poet Lounge Armchair in Black/Multicolour buttons
  • Coffee table – Made.com Aula Coffee Table in Brushed Copper and Green Glass
  • Rug – House by John Lewis Shaded Rug in Grey
  • Armchair 2 – Anthropologie Striped Losing Chair
  • Flooring – B&Q Amadeo Shire Oak Effect Laminate Flooring

This project was huge challenge for me, as I tend to create more colourful interiors, however it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed trying out something different to what I usually do! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x

 

 

In The Style Of: Anthropologie

Hello there!

I thought I’d share an Interior Styling project I did at the beginning of my third and final year at University. The brief was to create a styling shoot based on and inspired by a company of my own choosing, and it had to be as if they were my client, and I was also required to create any promotional material that represents them as a brand.

Some of you may already know that I absolutely adore Anthropologie’s homeware collection, and I’ve also never seen them create promotional material that only showcased just their homewares. I felt this was the perfect opportunity for me to do that, as well as get my Anthropologie fix… I swear, they’re like a drug to me. If there’s a store nearby, I will be in there staring at all their cute and quirky plates, mugs, placemats, chairs, you name it!

Here’s a few of Anthropologie’s own styling images to give you the look and vibe I went for in my own shoot:

(Image credit: Anthropologie.com)

For this shoot, I would need some of Anthropologie’s actual products if I am to pull off their style for the shoot, but I also had to get creative and come up with solutions for products and furniture as I was a student and on a tight budget. I wanted to go for a bohemian feel, as it’s a style I love and hadn’t had a chance to play with yet, and it’s one of the styles that Anthropologie is well known for.

Below are some of my images that I took in a photography studio and edited in Photoshop:

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(Image credit: My own)

I built the coffee table out of reclaimed pallet wood and also decorated a rhinoceros head by decoupaging it with old book pages to look just like their Savannah Story Rhino bust. I also used my friend’s scarf as a blanket for the table styling. The hammered copper pot is from B&Q and the succulent and white pot are from IKEA. I photoshopped the rhinoceros head on to the background as I couldn’t hang it on the studio backdrop.

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I arranged their drawer knobs like a bouquet of flowers inside a small sake cup from Tiger. I bought the small cactus from B&Q and painted it with gold paint to make it look like one of the pots they sell in store. The B&Q hammered copper pot goes well with their own metallic candle holders. I used the same background textures as before in Photoshop to make it look like it was styled inside a professional studio and not infant of a backdrop.

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For this shot I used my own duvet, which is actually from Wilko, a woven throw that my nana gave to me for when I moved to University, a tasseled cushion from Anthropologie and a pink cushion from Matalan.

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I used the same items in the previous image for this styling shot, but also used a milk jug and teapot from a charity shop, which I then photoshopped one of Anthropologie’s existing collections patterns on to the teapot. I also used their own Old Havana cup, a copper teaspoon from ASDA and a wooden tray from TK Maxx.

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In this image I created flowers and petals out of tissue paper and styled a variety of products from Tiger, IKEA, charity shops, ASDA and Anthropologie. I then added a concrete texture to the background/floor in Photoshop, as well as the same floral pattern on to the bigger teapot.

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For this I just styled the ceramics together and then added the concrete texture and floral pattern in Photoshop. I love the mix of textures, colours and patterns in this one, it looks really eclectic!

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In this image I used the ivy again, and a woven placemat from Anthropologie tied up with some twine and styled on top of an IKEA plate with the copper cutlery from ASDA. This is to give a sort of rustic dining vibe. I styled these items on top of a plain piece of calico fabric and the coffee table I made.

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(Image credit: My own)

And this is a close up of the table set up but with a different cup and an amethyst coaster from Anthropologie, styled in front of the same plant from B&Q (before I painted it) and a concrete planter I made. I used some brick wallpaper from NEXT for the background.

Below is the small A5 promotional booklet I made in the style of Anthropologie, where I took inspiration from their website and their own leaflets and booklets for the layout and fonts for the design:

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What do you think? Does it look like Anthropologie? I loved this project, it was so much fun and it really made me fall in love with Interior Styling. Let me know what you think in the comments below! If you have any enquiries about styling, please feel free to get in touch with me via the contact page.

I hope you liked it and thank you for reading!

Danica x

Southampton Civic Centre: Art Gallery and Library Café

Hello there!

This post is long overdue, however the final year of University was a hard one and I found I didn’t have time to update my blog. I also didn’t want to post my design up on here before my client got to see the design.

This assignment was a live project through Southampton Solent University with Southampton City Council in my second year, where we each had to design a café either in the art gallery upstairs in the Civic Centre and downstairs in the entrance or inside the library. The design had to be removable and not affect the building’s Grade 1 listing, as it is a heritage site that needs protecting.

 

The Art Gallery Café:

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My concept for the Art Gallery Café was inspired by the city’s location near the sea and how it used to be the main port for trading before the World Wars. I wanted to create a calming and relaxing scheme in the gallery, where the cafe’s design wouldn’t distract from the artwork itself, but it could be a place where visitors can side and admire the inside architecture details and artwork whilst enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee or tea and a slice of cake. I chose sea inspired colour to help further create a relaxing environment, and brought in the coral for a fun pop of colour.

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I wanted there to be lounge areas where families and friends could sit and relax, as well as seating around tables or bar tops where people may want to have a quick lunch or stop for a drink. I also wanted there to be an area where children can sit when families visit, where they can read books and take part in crafty activities, as the gallery hosts little arts and crafts events for children and schools. The driftwood coffee table and circular mirrors are meant to represent bubbles and link to the ocean theme I was going for, as well as the accents of blue, grey and turquoise in the furniture and decorative accessories.

Here are the visuals! I am happy with the layout of the space. I made sure that there was enough space and wheelchair access to the country and that the children’s area was on another side. I placed bar tables and stools at the back of the dome. I painted the boards that wrap the pillars coral, which meant that it is removable or could be painted back to white, this also meant that mirrors could be hung. The counter is made completely out of wood and is placed near the door at the back that has all the electrical machinery it needs for a working till. If plumbing is required for a dishwasher or sink to clean plates, the kitchen part of the cafe would be hidden behind the painted pillar next to the counter so that it was out of sight and could also then be reverted back to normal, as it would not be seen.

 

The Library Café:

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As you can tell by the title, I chose the Library space for where my second café would be. This is because it made a lot more sense to place it there, resulting in the prevention of the entryway being blocked by queues for the café counter, and in the winter, customers wouldn’t be getting cold from the draft of the entry doors. For my concept, I really wanted to play on the idea that the café would be inside a library and but also celebrate British literature and author’s that lived in or near Southampton, such as Jane Austen and Lewis Carroll. Also due to the location of the library, I could use more colour in the space as it wouldn’t be distracting from any artwork, but it still had to also be easily removable.

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I am a purple fanatic, and I feel that it’s quite a luxurious colour. I wanted to add pops of colour the space by using yellow as a complimentary colour, coral to link to the art gallery cafe, but used grey to stop the design from being too out there and in your face. I wanted mixed wood to add to the library feel and theme, as well as upcycle/decoupage the coffee table tops, lampshades, vases, etc with pages from old, ruined books to add to the library and literary theme. I thought it would be a great community activity to have children or artists from the area to create book sculptures based on British literature or the history or location of Southampton that could be displayed in the bookshelves and in the front of the counter, and that the gallery could hold a small exhibition of the sculptures in the main entrance. This would then help bring visitors to the gallery and library.

I used the shelves as a divider between the cafe and the library, but the shelves would have book sculptures as well as books to red displayed in them. The children area would have children’s books in them to be read. The walls between the windows will have book pages displayed with quotes from characters in British literature displayed in them and the wall at the back of the servery counter will display a quote from Jane Austen herself that reads “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading.” Behind that wall is a room hidden from the public eye where they would prepare food and have a kitchen installed, however it would still need to be removable and not affect the building physically any way.

I am very happy with these designs and I feel the library design could be very successful even as a stand alone café! My clients were happy with the placements of furniture and counters especially due to the building’s heritage and how if they were to go through with the build of a café inside, they felt my placement of the counters and even the library café placement would be very successful.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x

My week with Blendworth, August 2016

Hello everyone!

Do you remember the live project I did for Blendworth during my second year at Blendworth? Well, if you don’t, you can read all about it here.

If you do, I guess you can tell by the title of this blog that I (along with 3 other talented students in my class) was chosen out of our class to do a weeks long work placement with them in the designs studio! Blendworth are a renowned British surface design and textile company that was established in 1921! Their fabrics and wallpapers are fantastic, and they have a wide range of different patterns and textures for you to choose from! Check out their website and collections here: http://www.blendworth.co.uk/

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I made a top 10 list of their best sold fabrics and patterns from one of their collections. I also got to have a sneak peek at their new collection coming out next year! I won’t tell you what it is or the theme but I will update this post when their new collection comes out. I had to cut different colour way strips of their new designs, label them and place them in to a folder. I can’t wait to get my own samples of them when they come out!

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I was asked to create some trend and colour boards for them to use as inspiration for future projects and they also let me print off some for myself to use for my projects in third year. I got to use the Heimtextil 2017/2018 Trends book to help me with researching. It’s given me loads of ideas for my Final Major Project!

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(Image credit: Pinterest)

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These are a few trend boards I created and a display board I added to for them. This board, along with the new trends for next year have inspired me for my Final Major Project! I can’t wait to get started!

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I did a bit of archiving for them. I had to photograph a load of different fabrics, the repeats and details and the selvedge codes, write them down, give them a code number and then place them on the correct shelves in numerical order and add labels to the shelves. This was a lot of fun as I got to see some fabrics that have been around since Blendworth was established, so some of these fabrics were nearly 100 years old! How incredible is that? I found them so inspiring and interesting to see what was in style back then, and top see how far we’ve come today in textile and surface design. You must remember, back then they didn’t have computers and Photoshop to create their patterns and repeat, it was all done by hand and painted in to a repeat. Just astounding!

I did archiving for a few days and afterwards I had to upload the photographs on to a computer, label them with the right number code, place them in the right categorised folder and also type up all the codes, colours, names and details about the different fabrics.

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I sat outside on my lunch break a lot with some of the girls and they were all so lovely! It was perfect weather all week. We had ice lollies and cookies on my last day.

I’ve really enjoyed my week there, I wish it didn’t have to end! Thank you so much to Southampton Solent University and Blendworth for this incredible opportunity! I’ve learn’t so much from working with you and it was a great experience to see how the surface design side of the industry works. I think it’s definitely helped me decide what I’d like to do in the future, both project and career wise!

Thank you for reading!

Danica x

Boh Café: Sustainable Futures

Hello friends!

I was given an assignment for my optional unit to design and brand a café in the new building of the University that was sustainable. This meant that we could choose different elements that made the café sustainable, be it the decoration or the furniture itself, and creating a logo or brand image that reflected it’s interior and ensure that it is suitable for students and staff. The café will be hypothetically placed in the existing new Deli café in the new building:

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The above images are of the existing café.

 

Warning! This is a bit of a hefty post, so if you’d like (and I won’t be offended) go on and just scroll down to look at any images of my design and presentation boards.

I am hugely inspired by nature, as you may have seen in previous posts, and seeing as being Sustainable is about respecting nature, the environment, being eco friendly and helping out the planet, I thought this is a perfect way for me to bring the outside in and to give it my own personal, quirky little touch to it.

 

I love anything to do with upcycled, bohemian and biophilic design, so combining these different styles was a bit of a challenge, especially as I couldn’t find any images of existing interiors that had all 3 elements in them. Eventually I had to settle with just finding images with perhaps 2 of the elements and just hoped that it would work out. Below is my initial concept board with images of different interiors, design elements, colours and materials I’d like to use in the space. All the images are sourced from different websites and Pinterest. This was the first time I’d use circular images in my boards, and I loved the effect it had so much that I decided to make it a theme across the rest of my boards. You’ll see.

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After establishing my concept, I then started sourcing furniture and materials that are sustainable, responsibly sourced or recycled. I also did a organic fabric dying experiment, which you can read here on my other blog.

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Here’s my materials and product boards for the café’s design:

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I made the concrete floor sample myself using Concrete I got at B&Q. I wrote a blog post on how I did it here.

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Shop the look (Part 1):

  • Lakeland paints in colours Sunflower, Cherry Ice, Tango, Kirsty, Blue Pastel, Gualala, and Vandern, buy them here. Lakeland Paints are an awesome paint company that is eco-friendly, has zero toxins and is VOC free. These will be used for the servery to give the wood and for some of the furniture.
  • Reclaimed wood which can be bought from the Southampton Wood Recycling Project or found through websites such as freecycle and freegle, bought on Ebay or found in skips and building sites. Always ask permission to take any scrap wood, I don’t want you getting arrested. This will be used for the servery and parts of the floor.
  • John Lewis Saxby Recessed Shield MV Tilt spotlights in Satin/Silver.
  • Reclaimed crate boxes, can be found through Ebay, at craft fairs and Etsy.
  • Biodegradable plates, bowls, cups and cutlery from Little Cherry. These are awesome, the tableware and cutlery are made from responsibly sourced bamboo, the bowls are made from wheat pulp, so they are completely recyclable.
  • Recycled blue glass tiles from Fired Earth. They have other shapes and coloured tiles made from recycled glass.
  • Concrete counter top and flooring, made from normal concrete that can be found at B&Q.
  • Cork Flooring in “Standard” from the Cork Flooring company.sustainable cafe product board 02
    Shop the look (Part 2):
  • Scaffolding shelving made from reclaimed scaffolding beams and pipes. Image used from the internet for visual purposes only, as the materials used would be from reclamation yards or found online.
  • Monterey 3 Seater Sofa from Adventures in Furniture in the Panno fabric, colour Orange.
  • DIWALI Metal, Jute and old Saris multicoloured Wicker Armchair from Maisons du Monde.
  • Upcycled wood pallet coffee table. Pallet found next to a skip, the legs are from Ebay. Painted with Lakeland paints’ Cherry Ice. I usually cut the legs down a bit so that the pallet sits on them at coffee table height. The pallet can be found on Ebay, but are easily found at garden centres, usually next to skips or on industrial estates.
  • Peacock Rattan Vintage Armchair from Maisons Du Monde, painted in Lakeland paints‘ Gualala.
  • Safavieh Hand-woven Seagrass Rug from Overstock.
  • John Lewis Bolu Pendant Shade in Copper.
  • Upcycled maison jar chandelier. Image found on Etsy and is being used for visual purposes only. Easy to do yourself and there are loads of DIY tutorials on how to make these on Youtube. You can, if you’re feeling lazy, buy them from Etsy.
  • Vitra Eames DKW Wire Chair from John Lewis.
  • CH24 Wishbone Chair from Benchmark painted in Lakeland Paints’ Sunflower.
  • Industrial Chic Aldrion 2m reclaimed wood dining table from the Sustainable Furniture Company.

I wanted to have bits that are upcycled in the café because it is a form of sustainable interior and product design, so I thought that some of the lights and furniture could be upcycled. I chose to use a coffee table in the scheme that is upcycled from a wood pallet and turned wooden legs. These will be used in the lounge/chill out areas or corners of the café. You can read about the real life DIY wood pallet coffee table I created here which was inspired by the amazing DIY pallet table that Kate Albrecht from Mr Kate created. So it’s not my own design but definitely a favourite amongst my family and friends, so much so that I made on for one of my best friends.

Wood Pallet Coffee Table

 

The lighting in the chill out areas will be chandeliers made form recycled mason jars. As this café is going in to an existing space, and although I wanted to have a biophilic element in the design, I decided to use these beautiful recycled blue glass tiles from Fired Earth to represent water, to really give it that natural vibe and it links with the location of the café as Southampton is a seaside City, and the university is called Southampton Solent University, therefore I found it quite fitting. Behind each sofa will be a living plant wall, to really bring in that biophilic feel, and to improve indoor air quality.

 

The floor is split in to sections with different types of flooring to define those areas: Cork for the chill out areas, because it’s warm, soft and completely sustainable, it’s also naturally antibacterial. The concrete will be for the areas where there are dining tables and chairs. Concrete is sustainable, who knew!? It doesn’t rust or mould, is very strong and can be reused again when broken down. Reclaimed wood is used as a guided path towards the servery, which is also made from reclaimed wood.

 

I did two different café designs, but used the same furniture and materials for both. Below are the images for both cafés and my final visualisation boards:

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See what I meant by possibly going OTT with circles? Even so, I think it works really well.

Cafe Design 1:

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Cafe Design 2:

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As mentioned in the beginning, I had to brand the café as well. As it being a student café and with a hint of bohemian elements to it, I decided to name the café Boh Cafe. The Boh of course linked with bohemian but also links with botanical, due to having living plant walls and it being a sustainable café. I chose two different styled fonts for the logo, a cursive one for Boh and an all capitals fonts for Cafe. I like the difference between the two as it’s quite popular in branding and logos, but also has that slight quirkiness to it, which reflects the space. I decided to use the same colours as the paint in my design for the logo, so that it links even more.

 

I then created a branding board in Photoshop, where I placed the logo on to different objects that would be used in the cafe. I love that even though on the logo is green on the brown paper bags, cups and napkins, it’s still links, showing that the logo is very transferrable.
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I am so proud of this projects and what I achieved. I just love how it looks and would honestly eat (and probably live, I mean, I think the design can easily be used for a residential space) in a café like this. I just wish this was a live project. If you’ve made it this far down (I know, it’s an extremely long post but I just wanted to share it with you all) then thank you for reading! I really appreciate it!

 

Which café is your favourite out of the two? Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

Thanks again and have a great day everyone!

Danica x