While there is never a shortage of beautiful interiors around here, a conversation with a commercial designer friend the other day brought me to realize how much I often neglect to feature commercial spaces. I feel like we can often be quite unobservant within commercial spaces, despite the huge impact that they can have on our lives, influencing what we buy and often where we spent a good portion of our lives. Our experience in a everyday space such as Starbucks, is the result of hundreds of hours of careful thought and deliberation and while we're often unaware of it, we're undoubtedly manipulated by the design choices of this space. I find this whole psychological aspect of spaces and interiors quite fascinating.
So with a renewed mission to show off more beautiful commercial spaces, I thought I'd start off with one that was knock-your-socks-off fantastic. I was a little awestruck to discover the Lolita cafe in Ljubljana, Slovenia. A collaboration between the Kaval Group and Trije Arhitekti this cafe really delivers a full package with the aesthetic of the space and the fine crafted desserts they serve, both seem to work together flawlessly. The focal point of the space is undoubtedly the large scale printed mural on the scallop shaped ceiling. Soft, feminine with black accents for a little bit of modern edge, its a perfect fit with macaroons and fancy cakes. The rest of the space is styled quite simply, yet each detail feels very thoughtful. Black pendant lighting and accents ground the space add a bit of edge, preventing the space from becoming too frou-frou or feminine; the herringbone floor below has a multitude of different wood stains ranging from warm honey to soft pink and grey. There are layers and layers of interesting detail to enjoy in this space, as it is just as much a treat for the eyes as the delicious desserts they serve.