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Cafe Dali, Arthouse Coffee Shop

Cafe Dali, Arthouse Coffee Shop

Café Dali is an arthouse coffee shop, situated in the heart of the creative district Spikeri, which has been listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the 14th century, Spikeri functioned as a storage terminal for ships, also called hemp warehouses. Nowadays, the Spikeri territory has been reborn as a creative arts center with a versatile cultural ensemble – a concert hall, a contemporary art exhibition hall, restaurants. Café Dali functions not only as a cafe that offers a wide range of high-quality Scandinavian coffee but also as an exhibition hall for upcoming artists. The interior design drew inspiration from the brand of the cafe – Café Dali – as well as the famous surrealist painter Salvador Dali. Elements associating with the Spanish artist such as symbols, shapes, colors, and philosophy play an essential part in the interior. The cover of 1944 Vogue magazine, designed by Dali himself, serves as the starting point for the interior concept. One of the key features of surrealism, as well as the cafe, is combining ordinary objects with an extraordinary setting. The interior design lets objects live outside their usual form and environment. Just like Dali who wasn’t afraid to mix reality with fantasy, the finishing materials in Café Dali add surreal effects, creating optical illusions. Sheets of paper were used to alter the standard rectangular shape of the room. Folded paper on the walls in the lounge area makes the cafe more circular in contour, adding a surreal vibe. On one of the walls, there’s a spatial exposition of Dali’s symbolic elements. Another wall is covered in mirrors, creating reflections and giving a moving dynamic to the space. The main accent in the room is the bar that resonates with the shapes Dali used in his artwork – such as curved lines and floating shapes, associating with the classics.

  • project type: public
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  • interior architect: Anna Bates
  • project leader: Diāna Kūla
  • status: completed
  • year: 2014
  • photographer: Ingus Bajārs
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