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A Shaker-Inspired Cafe in Portlandia

September 13, 2013 11:00 AM

BY Julie Carlson

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When Canteen owner Brian Heck hired Von Tundra to design the interiors of his vegetarian cafe, the goal was “to appropriate the language of mobility” (as a nod to Heck’s Sip juice and smoothie carts). Portland, Oregon-based design collective Von Tundra (consisting of Dan Anderson and Chris Held, classmates at Oregon College of Art and Craft) looked to the Shakers for inspiration, creating a wrap-around peg system from which they suspended menus, storage cubbies for provisions, and even magazine racks.

For more, go to Canteen.

Above: The cafe’s exterior is painted a deep dark gray; photo by Michael A. Muller for Kinfolk.

Above: Von Tundra devised a mastermix of outdoor seating: cedar stumps, concrete cylinders, wood tables, metal office stools, plus one “big-ass cedar log.”

Above: A trio of industrial cage pendant lights provides interior illumination.

Above: A curved, polished marble bar.

Above: Von Tundra created cafe-style built-in banquette seating.

Above: A blackboard menu suspended from a peg.

Above: Custom magazine racks.

To see more, go to Von Tundra in Portland, Oregon.