A Tailor-Made Cafe in Bucharest by

Issue 10 · Channeling Downton Abbey · March 8, 2012

A Tailor-Made Cafe in Bucharest

Issue 10 · Channeling Downton Abbey · March 8, 2012

Papiota Cafe (papiota means "spool" in Romanian) is the vision of two friends, Monica and Andreea, who share a childhood nostalgia for Communist-era decor.

Like other young Romanians, they are part of a new generation who find inspiration in elements of this era, which was also a time in this country's history when the sewing and craft industry was in full swing. Papiota is a gathering place in the once-industrial, now-hipster Lipscani region of Bucharest. The cafe's decor is comprised of steel shelving, racks of yarn spools, and salvaged sewing machines from 1960s Romanian manufacturing companies.

Photography by Corvin Cristian.

Papiota, a sewing-inspired cafe in Romania

Above: While their parents "want everyone to forget the Communist period, to throw away anything that reminds them why they lived then," Monica and Andreea were children then.

Sewing machines behind the bar at Papiota Cafe in Romania

Above: Nine vintage sewing machines are displayed prominently in the cafe.

Industrial factory lighting

Above: The 1960s industrial lighting was salvaged from nearby factories.

Spools of yarn behind the bar at Papiota Cafe in Romania

Above: Racks of spools sit on bar shelves.

Wooden ironing boards as bar tables

Above: Bar tables are inspired by wooden ironing boards, and a number of the chairs come from the home of Monica's grandmother.



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