Irina Sharova designed the interior of the Small Talk cafe on Sadovo-Kudrinskaya street in Moscow. The designer has already collaborated with customers, owners of a chain of coffee houses and coffee roasting production, so the discussion of the project and the coordination of details was as easy and fast as possible.
The cafe occupied a space of 108 sq. meters in the basement of a multi-storey building. Its main disadvantages were low ceilings, small windows and uneven walls, but the area and the correct shape of the room compensated for the minuses. Only technical areas underwent a slight redevelopment.
Irina’s main task was to create a comfortable space with maximum seating. To zone the room, a podium was built along the windows, where it was possible to hide the ventilation system, which could not be placed on the ceiling. Since the cafe has only three windows under the ceiling, it needed to be filled with light. The palette was based on a milky shade, and the accent colors were suggested by the chain’s corporate identity.
“To give the walls an interesting texture, I used decorative plaster and a gypsum panel, accentuated by the right lighting,” adds Irina. — We managed to keep the floor tiles from previous tenants — they fit perfectly into the concept. We raised the low ceiling as much as possible and painted it in a cheerful color, and beat old communications that could not be dismantled with plasterboard structures in the form of soft arches.