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October 2, 2010

Tilt: coffee bar tips on its side


Hold on a sec — there,


that's better.

Elaine Louie's September 30, 2010 New York Times story: "When Eugene Kagansky, the owner of D'Espresso on the Lower East Side, decided to open another coffee bar a block away from the New York Public Library at Bryant Park, he told his designer, “Let’s do a coffee bar that looks like a library, but would be more interesting.”

So Anurag Nema, the founder of nemaworkshop, a Manhattan design firm, did something interesting: he flipped the coffee shop on its side.

Glazed tiles printed with images of books create the illusion of bookshelves tilted sideways, running along the ceiling, down the rear wall and onto the floor. Another wall is covered in herringbone-patterned oak flooring. And the spherical glass lights jut out horizontally from behind the bar, rather than hanging from the ceiling.

The budget was $500,000 for the 500-square-foot coffee shop, which opened earlier this month. Mr. Kagansky said he plans to open 10 more in Manhattan and other major cities. “The next one will be upside down,” he said.

D'Espresso, 317 Madison Avenue (42nd Street), 212-867-7141.

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Love it. The next one should be an upside down garden, and then an upside down ballroom, and how about an upside down garage... oh the possibilities. I'd buy coffee there everyday.

Posted by: Milena | Oct 3, 2010 3:39:56 PM

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