Innovative laser cuts create an enchanting lace effect on the ceiling of Fugas Lusas, a cafe and purveyor of comestibles in Sétubal, Portugal.
When the owners of Fugas Lusas wanted to create a retail shop for their range of Portuguese edibles in the city of Sétubal, 25 miles south of Lisbon, they figured a café might just liven things up. Local design firm extrastudio combined the two functions: They installed a flexible display and storage system that allows the colors and the textures of the Portuguese delicacies to pop out from the white walls, creating a vibrant background for the cafe. The architects also adapted the delicate pattern of classic Portuguese tiles to create an intricate ceiling installation—a decorative flourish that ties the modern lines together with traditional design.
Above: Fugas Lusas has a distinctly Portuguese sense of design: the bar is clad with classic white Portuguese tiles, the table tops are local Alentejo marble, and the vintage hardwood chairs are from the old assembly room of Sétubal's Fish Industry Union.
Above: The designers opened up the storefront in order to extend the café out on to the street.
Above: The ceiling is made from plywood panels, laser-cut to duplicate the pattern of the Portuguese Cuenca tiles on the bar.
Above: The café counter is a modern application of the traditional white tiles.
Above: Cuenca tiles show the decorative influence of the Moors.