Decade is a synonym of time, but also a very long time span. In the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of “decad” is ten years. But for the two principals of Decade Cafe, Decade is not only a decade but also a process, which is all the beauty and romance that they have experienced in their lives. Across the time and space to meet, between TA and TA, between them and coffee, Decade Cafe witnessed a persistent love, and with ten years to polish, precipitation, coffee culture to the extreme of ingenuity.
Under the cloak of rapid urban development, people are good at hiding in reinforced concrete buildings, trying to obtain psychological security in concrete parcels. This Decade Cafe, created by TOUCH Design, is the first coffee shop in Tianjin to advocate a slow lifestyle with music criticism, music culture and timely products. It tries to depict the island of ideals and soft hearts in the impetuous and fast fast-food life.
Decade Cafe is located at No. 93 Chifeng Road, Tianjin, adjacent to the most prosperous Binjiang Road Commercial Street in Tianjin, nestled in the very quiet treelined street. The landmarked facade of white and orange terrazzo, the unique combination of coffee and music reviews, made the cafe an instant hit and soon ascended the throne of Tianjin Cafe TOP1. With the classic and pure white-orange terrazzo as the overall visual output focus, through the large glass window and custom white minimalist doors to create a simple and transparent effect, for the long and narrow space to introduce abundant light, while you can get a first glimpse of the internal space level.
Linear lighting inlaid in a circle of terrazzo is the most striking entrance sign of the cafe. From the outside to the inside, the entrance surrounded by linear lights seems to be an extension of some kind of consciousness, like entering a time tunnel, constantly passing through 10 years ago and 10 years later. The door is designed as a square circle of white and orange interwoven terrazzo, which is spread out on both sides and surrounded by the walls of the old city on both sides, like a new firework embedded in the old ribbon, and like a postcard of great foreign style. Many people tell us that Decade is very beautiful after nightfall, illuminating the whole of Chifeng Road. The warm white-orange terrazzo, with the striking linear strip of lights, is as simple, pure and competent as an illustration in a street. So that the shop from the surrounding complex environment away from the standout.
Attracted, so close, so amazing, it is like a transparent sea like Zakynthos jelly, seemingly shallow, but in fact far-reaching. Limited by the hardware of the house, when we designed the original intention, we constantly thought about how to make such a deep and long, dimly lit streetside shop a clear stream in the coffee industry, so that our design can be valued and maximize the profits of the two clients in the shop. For this reason, we have retained part of the old top and painted it white, which gradually allows customers to enter the core area of the cafe, and at the same time adds a sense of love and ritual to the coffee. In the area of about 60 square meters of space, through the design of the original space to eliminate the sense of constraint, but let it become a little interesting.
Many people say that this cafe is like a treasure waiting for music and coffee lovers to open. Mr.Ding, one of the principals of Decade Cafe, has collected more than 30000 old records and various rare record posters, he joked with us which can be changed into a villa if all of them are sold. Therefore, we hope to integrate coffee and culture, art and music through design, with such a unique gift to carry the dreams of two clients.
The left and right sides of the glass door entrance are designed to display old records on the wall, which highlights the owner’s taste and also reflects the theme culture of the cafe’s music review. Next to the door, the sculpture holds a tray, which holds customized coffee cups and surroundingproducts，highlights the theme culture of the coffee shop. As a transition between the indoor and outdoor conversion of the sunken space and the entrance space, the second linear light separates the open and wrapped space, redefining the relationship between the interior of the space.
Mirrored stainless steel cleverly hides the storage area and forms a visual widening, dispersing the narrow sense of space, plus a circle of symbolic linear lights to form its own architectural language. People shuttle in it, without the slightest sense of awkwardness, in the span of space to open the artistic journey of records and coffee.
The fair-faced concrete chandelier, pure white long table and acrylic blue seat echo the overall style, highlighting the modern and advanced sense. It smoothes the anxiety of the heart and brings people a peaceful experience. The single passenger area is separated from the multiperson card seat by the aisle, and the limited space is reasonably arranged while ensuring noninterference. The terrazzo chandelier with metal texture once again gives the soul of the space, concrete, terrazzo, metal and other materials with soft and eyecatching linear lamp belt design, creating a warm, private, amazing atmosphere. Seats face the wall so that single customers can come to the store to maximize the immersion in personal thinking.
Dessert cabinet and bar show completely transparent state, grinding, extraction, coffee form and production process at a glance. Concise and delicate, with a lowkey attitude foil products, so that people focus on the visual focus on coffee and desserts. It deduces a very pure modernist style.
In the dimension of the infinite extension of time and space, the interpretation of Decade is no longer a short “Decade”, but is endowed with more beautiful meanings. In the city full of guard and alienation, music, coffee, art and reading merge and react together in this decade, forming a new form, and ultimately depicting the utopia of beauty and romance in people’s hearts. With the unique brand operation mode and the ingenious works of Touch design, Decade Cafe has emerged as a young star in Tianjin’s coffee scene.