When Eugene Kagansky, the owner of D’Espresso on the Lower East Side, decided to open anotherbar a block away from the , he told his designer, “Let’s do a coffee bar that looks like a library, but would be more interesting.”
So Anurag Nema, the founder of nemaworkshop, a Manhattan design firm, did something interesting: he flipped the coffee shop on its side.
Glazed tiles printed with images of books create the illusion of bookshelves tilted sideways, running along the ceiling, down the rear wall and onto the floor. Another wall is covered in herringbone-patterned oak flooring. And the spherical glass lights jut out horizontally from behind the bar, rather than hanging from the ceiling. (via)
I adore the clever concept and try to swing by this spot whenever I’m in the neighborhood.