sci-fi elements + holographic colors decorate this cosmic cafe in indonesia
storyteller interior and avere design have created ET tea bar café, a Melbournais style cafe experience with a relaxed atmosphere where the focus is on cosmic and playful drinks from the cafe in the city of malang, indonesia. Identifying itself as “the happy place”, the ET tea bar’s biggest mission is to provide light and playful space experiences and to leave a feeling of “happiness” to all who visit it. the tale is based on the story of the alien’s arrival on earth, with this warehouse as a hiding place.
all images courtesy of storyteller interior and avere design
the “extraterrestrial” effect in the coffee is expressed through the interplay of materials which becomes an instant Instagram spot for customers
storyteller interior and avere design designed the space with semi-futuristic and playful vibes, reflected by color blocking, neon light, wall panels and accent holographic stickers as the main design elements. they placed the neon lights in the entrance area to reinforce the impression of the alien effect and give a playful and welcoming atmosphere to the space from the refraction and reflection in the colors of light. the tale continues with this location serving as the base for an alien on earth who is disguised as a halfway house, decorated with plants collected by aliens during their stay on earth which are placed on a pedestal to showcase the collection.
the seats of the amphitheater become the focal point of the ET tea bar
branding worked hand in hand with design, and the concept was reinforced by showcasing pop culture elements and creating several design characters such as an alien, space cat, and astronaut. designers believe that a good design should address the concerns of their customers and essentially provide a good solution. So they took the COVID-19 pandemic as another key consideration and opted for local materials and craftsmen to ease transport restrictions.
ET tea car coffee overview with high volume setting
further adjustments were made to the layout configuration to meet the social distancing requirements imposed in this pandemic situation. the designers took into account the flexibility of the user by introducing various seating arrangements ranging from loose seating, auditorium seating, counter seating and coworking style seating so that customers have the flexibility to choose the type that suits them best.
the exposed brick contrasting with the white coated ceiling and skylight creates a bright space
While this futuristic concept calls for an unconventional construction technique and a unique material strategy, to achieve this desired effect the designers have gone to great lengths in the furniture sourcing. Designed with sustainability in mind, skylights are introduced to provide natural lighting and reduce reliance on artificial lighting, which helps lower operating costs. locally sourced rocks are used to create the raised floor. the partitions from the inside to the outside can be opened, which allows the exchange of fresh air between the inside and the outside. this reduces dependence on air conditioning and use of the naturally cool temperature of malang city. all materials are selected with less porosity in mind, easy to maintain and wipe down to achieve a clean environment.
view of the bar from the town hall seats
coworking seating style mixed with dining seating arrangement
close-up view towards coworking seats
the night atmosphere with a play of light and a sticker gives a dramatic cosmic effect
the extraterrestrial atmosphere can be felt upon entering the interior thanks to the projection of blue neon lights and the color of the furniture
the futuristic effect through the use of a stainless steel wall panel combined with indirect lighting and personalized holographic circles gives a playful feel
a simple wall sconce made using a combination of multiplex and holographic stickers creates a beautiful accent on the design of the ET tea bar
the mixing of colors in the nebula inspired drinks combined with the use of holographic stickers gives the desired cosmic effect
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edited by: yasmina karam | designboom