HOP scatters mid-century furniture throughout Public Space coffee bar.

HOP scatters mid-century furniture throughout Public Space coffee bar

Dutch studio HOP has completed a specialty coffee bar in Amsterdam with an open-plan layout that revolves around a central bar and three seating islands.

Called Public Space, the coffee bar is located on the ground floor of the BeMine building on the north side of Amsterdam.

Local firm HOP, an acronym for Habitats of People, were enlisted in December 2017 to design the interior including the floor, ceiling, interior walls, bespoke furniture and custom ceiling lighting.

In order to achieve openness and transparency, HOP created an open plan layout with a low, centralised bar surrounded by a number of different seating areas.

The space is finished in an industrial style with sand-cement floors with a hand-made plaster finish, dark grey acoustic spray on ceilings and stucco walls with an added pigment that creates a rough texture.

To break-up the space and to contrast with the industrial surroundings, the team decided to create three “vintage islands” outlined by custom sized patterned carpets from Desso.

Mid-century Danish furniture and pot plants are arranged around the carpets making intimate living room-style seating areas.

“The clients wish was to find a new kind of space, open to everyone and unhindered by dividing lines,” HOP architect Michael Cerrone told Dezeen. “To achieve a sense of belonging within this type of space we had to create ‘space within space’, based on the ideas of the heterotopia.