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Graffiti Cafe by studio MODE
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Located in a boutique hotel in Varna, Bulgaria, Graffiti Cafe is a swank spot designed by studio MODE. The same building houses a four-story hotel, along with an art gallery, restaurant, and nightclub, therefore the cafe needed to be a continuation of the hotel’s modern aesthetic.

The designers had to merge the front part of the space being close to the exterior of the building with the back zone by “reducing depth of space while keeping the panorama.” They wanted the overall look to be an Escher-inspired space but had to deal with complex acoustic and ventilation issues, meaning they had to find a way to mix materials throughout. The linear elements that begin on the curvy pillars and continue onto the ceiling are phenomenal and definitely help create the cohesive environment they were looking for.

The geometric floor tiles mimic the three-dimensional wall treatment on the back wall.

Photos by 3inSpirit.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.