This is why we’d like to share the daring color-blocked interiors of Pastel Rita Café by Appareil Architecture.
1// In a nutshell:
Pastel Rita is a new café in the creative Mile-End neighborhood in Montreal, designed by Appareil Architecture, that combines the hospitality space with a boutique-shop and an artist workshop in a daring color-blocked design.
However, Gabriel Malenfant and Veronique Orban de Xivry, Pastel Rita owners, wanted the place to be more than this: their idea was to create a meeting place for both the creative community and any other local to gather, leaving so something positive behind them.
2// What draw our attention the most:
When going through the images of Appareil Architecture’s work, you cannot help being fascinating by the trendy colors selected for the project, each chosen to define a different spatial area.
A welcoming, soft-imbued atmosphere defines the café section in Pastel Rita, so named after Gabriel’s grandmother. Here, the main element is the large dark green central bar, created to foster a more direct contact between staff members and customers. The natural light coming from the large windows, that also give passerby a glimpse of the café, attenuates the strong element. A wooden-slated partition characterized by arched openings allows to see the boutique section, punctuated by large, arch-shaped openings in pink, putting the handbags, hats, and leather accessories on a pedestal.
A gold corridor that runs through the center separates the dark green café area; the golden detail is repeated in the ceiling creating a strong contrast.
An all-match pale pink area is located at the back for extra seating and, from here, customers are allowed to see the activity taking place in the workshop, whose absolute white wall strongly contrast with the rose hued close space.
The result is an intriguing mixed-use space that combines “Appareil Architecture’s cleaner, even contemporary style, with [Pastel Rita] desire for a colorful design”, as Gabriel Malenfant says.
3// The bigger picture
The color palette chosen by Appareil Architecture, that reminiscences past splendor, echoes memories of the feminine world created for Forte Forte store in Milan we talked about here and some of the installations we selected during past Milan Design Week.
Also, this reminds us the post we published earlier about the Ribbed Surface Trend in interior design set to mark a more dynamic appearance, as we can appreciate in the pink seating area in the first image of this project.