A London Cafe Takes a Shine to Copper by

Issue 21 · Modest Modern · May 29, 2014

A London Cafe Takes a Shine to Copper

Issue 21 · Modest Modern · May 29, 2014

Exposed copper plumbing aficionados will want to take note of London firm TwistInArchitecture’s use of copper pipes in Trade, a new restaurant and coffee shop on Commercial Street in the city’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. “We wanted to show that copper pipes normally hidden away inside wall cavities can serve an aesthetic as well as functional role,” says TwistInArchitecture’s co-founder Andreja Beric. Take a look:

Photography by Dominic Harris.

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: When entering Trade from Commercial Street, the coffee shop is at the front and the restaurant occupies the back. 

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: Backless stainless shelf units hang against textured brick walls.

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: Suspended from the ceiling, copper tubing carries electricty to the pendant lights over the bar. 

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

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.

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: "Copper creates atmosphere through muted reflections and intricate shadows," says Beric. 

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: A balustrade detail offers a look at the way the pipes are connected.

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: The copper is paired with white brick walls and wood finishes. 

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: In the restaurant section, a wood-paneled wall serves as both a design element and an effective way to absorb noise. 

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

Above: A lighting grid of copper pipes provides electricity across the back of the restaurant. 

Trade Cafe in London by Twist-in-Architecture, Exposed Copper Pipes, Brick Walls | Remodelista

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. 



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