ISSUE 5  |  Inspired by Iberia

A Porto Cafe with Old World Charm

February 02, 2012 4:30 PM

BY Lisa Michaels

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Spotted (and admired) on Dezeen: the AIA Coffee & Restaurant in Porto, featuring a pristine white interior furnished completely in second-hand pieces.

Porto is a medieval city in north Portugal, famous for its ancient stone buildings, its six bridges spanning the Duoro River, and—naturally—its port wine (as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it's one of the oldest European settlements). Amid all this Old World beauty, AIA Cafe offers a modern respite. Designer Inês Aia painted the walls white and let the honey-colored floors and vintage molding shine; she arranged mismatched chairs around humble white tables, and rolled metal carts against the wall for cutlery and condiments.

Photographs by José Campos.