Exposed copper plumbing aficionados will want to take note of London firm TwistInArchitectureâ€™s use of copper pipes in Trade, a new restaurant and coffee shop on Commercial Street in the cityâ€™s East End. Referencing a time in history when the street was home to building merchants and their material yards, copper pipes dominate the warm and welcoming interiors. â€œWe wanted to show that copper pipes normally hidden away inside wall cavities can serve an aesthetic as well as functional role,â€ says TwistInArchitectureâ€™s co-founder Andreja Beric. Take a look:
Photography by Dominic Harris.
Above: When entering Trade from Commercial Street, the coffee shop is at the front and the restaurant occupies the back.
Above: Backless stainless shelf units hang against textured brick walls.
Above: Suspended from the ceiling, copper tubing carries electricty to the pendant lights over the bar.
Above: Copper pipes were used to create a floor-to-ceiling staircase balustrade screen as well as a decorative screen running along the face of the bar.
Above: “Copper creates atmosphere through muted reflections and intricate shadows,” says Beric.
Above: A balustrade detail offers a look at the way the pipes are connected.
Above: The copper is paired with white brick walls and wood finishes.
Above: In the restaurant section, a wood-paneled wall serves as both a design element and an effective way to absorb noise.
Above: A lighting grid of copper pipes provides electricity across the back of the restaurant.
Above: Trade is located at 47 Commercial Street in Spitalfields, in London’s East End.
Like the look? For more inspiration, see 10 Favorites: Exposed Copper Pipes as Decor. And then get to work with Isabella’s DIY: The Copper Pipe Curtain Road for $35. On Gardenista, see the beautiful patina of oxidized copper in A Copper-Clad Modernist Gem in the Big Woods.
The map below shows the location of Trade in the East End of London. If you’re planning a visit to London, see our City Guides London for more favorite design locations.