Minimalism is defined by simplicity and cleanliness. It’s no wonder why this design approach has been adopted in the interior design for many bakery cafes around the world. By keeping the surrounding space uncluttered, minimalistic design allows for the delicate handcrafted pastries themselves to act as miniature architectural centrepieces.
Located in a small, quiet street in Hangzhou, N² patisserie encapsulates minimalism to the T by using playful pink and white tones to create a sense of openness in the tiny shop. The translucent, glass brick wall also adds an interesting visual feature by obscuring the outside environment whilst not completely enclosing the inside space, creating a ‘very intimate and tender dining experience’.
Milky’s Cloud Room in Toronto elevates minimalism to a whole new level by compacting the bakery cafe in a shipping container. The almost monochromatic space features a pale herringbone timber floor and cream-coloured travertine walls, creating a feeling of simplicity and weightlessness – like effortlessly floating through the clouds.
Staying locally, Top Impression Bakery in Sydney pays homage to the historical narrative behind breadmaking, where man-made creations took inspiration from the organic formations and textures of nature. This unexpected intersection between breadmaking and the natural environment is captured through the interior design with its gravel-like textures and free-flowing interior lights.
Masa Bakery’s geometrical design and warm lighting is an architectural splendour with its memorable triangle cut-outs and high-ceilings. This contrasts the circle motifs within, offering an interesting interplay between shapes and textures, reflecting the cafe’s delightful artisanal pastries. According to the designers, “The idea is that everything is connected, but the spaces remain fragmented for intimacy”.
Fermenti Cafe serves as the quintessential minimalistic bakery cafe with their sleek interior design. The cafe utilises both classic raw concrete textures and white wire furniture for a recognisable industrial feel. Amidst this subtle yet aesthetic backdrop, their elegant croissants and tarts really take the centre stage.
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