ISSUE 12  |  Color Coded

A Cafe for the Zeitgeist

March 22, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

The colorful Mundvoll Cafe and Grocery, located on the Zeppelin University campus in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was inspired by Germany's mom-and-pop grocery stores.

Designed by Maria Meller and Mirja Sick, who run the London-based design studio Joint Perspectives, the interiors are clean and contemporary, with inexpensive plywood and dashes of primary colors playing a key role.

Photography by Lena Reiner and Joint Perspectives.

Above: Muuto's Unfold Pendant Lamps in black and blue match the rest of the colorful interior. The counter is made from layered plywood sheets and features movable metal baskets to display merchandise. A magnetic blackboard lists the menu of the day.

Above: A custom sofa, supported by wooden pallets, was inspired by the area's fruit industry; the three tiers of cushions are strapped down, as if prepared for shipping. Hee Lounge Chairs by Hay provides extra seating and Muuto E27 pendant lights hang from the ceiling.

Above: A built-in side table stores books and magazines.

Above: Wooden crates hold goods and produce. The blue metal strips are magnetic, a practical system for holding price tags.