Cafe Duet, Zetland
“If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.” — Abraham Lincoln
Part of the design brief was to ensure that the idea of coffee and tea were always in equilibrium. There is to be a continual balance between the two beverages throughout the design thinking.
‘Marriage’ in all its complexity is simplified with the root that such a union stems from the existence of a ‘common ground’. At Café Duet, we are witnessing the marriage between the two specialty commodities – tea and coffee. That common element that both tea and coffee share is water, a simple yet paramount ingredient to the quality of both beverages.
One cannot ignore the colossal jellyfish that entwines its distinctiveness within the wall feature and ceiling lights, reflecting tentacles and the fluidity of water. Enhancing the spatial narrative, the interior and branding is submerged in the various shades of blue. It induces a sensorial experience where one is soaked in the refreshing qualities of water.
The curve and “bounce” of the letter “A” in the Cafe Duet logo is evocative of the viscous and buoyant nature of liquid that is further translated in the curved edges of the tiered display, and seating.
The complimenting pink lures back the softness of the space, drawing the image of the differing nature between coffee and tea. From the curvilinear silhouette of the interior space to the continuous undulating lines of the branding, the characteristics of water are expressed.