Daughter has opened as a new community-oriented café and wine bar in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. To maximize a limited floor plan and contextualize high ceilings, designer and architect Christopher Al-Jumah drew upon the community influence to anchor the interior with stoop seating composed of plaster, sand, concrete, and resin.
“The space is very narrow and tall, so it naturally feels uncomfortable,” Al-Jumah says. “I wanted to create a space that felt unique but not overdone. I wanted to foster a sense of community and comfort, while offering a unique way to engage with a local café.”
The stark blackened façade is animated by large floor-to-ceiling windows detailed with playful illustrations, beyond which passersby can glimpse into the linear layout. The brownstone-inspired seating design is also equipped with movable planter dividers and outfitted with nooks to accommodate dishes and cups while guests engage. Custom Scandinavian-style wood chairs and tables also populate a portion of the floor, while complementary pendants line the white brick walls to soften the raw interior and incite a dialogue between smooth and rough textures. In addition to hits of greenery, yellow tones adorn the ceiling to add more levity.
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