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A Cafe for the Zeitgeist

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A Cafe for the Zeitgeist

March 22, 2012

The colorful Mundvoll Cafe and Grocery, located on the Zeppelin University campus in Friedrichshafen, Germany, was inspired by Germany's mom-and-pop grocery stores.

Designed by Maria Meller and Mirja Sick, who run the London-based design studio Joint Perspectives, the interiors are clean and contemporary, with inexpensive plywood and dashes of primary colors playing a key role.

Photography by Lena Reiner and Joint Perspectives.

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Above: Muuto's Unfold Pendant Lamps in black and blue match the rest of the colorful interior. The counter is made from layered plywood sheets and features movable metal baskets to display merchandise. A magnetic blackboard lists the menu of the day.

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Above: A custom sofa, supported by wooden pallets, was inspired by the area's fruit industry; the three tiers of cushions are strapped down, as if prepared for shipping. Hee Lounge Chairs by Hay provides extra seating and Muuto E27 pendant lights hang from the ceiling.

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Above: A built-in side table stores books and magazines.

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Above: Wooden crates hold goods and produce. The blue metal strips are magnetic, a practical system for holding price tags.

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