Café Banacado | ASKA

Stockholm / Sweden / 2021

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Earlier this summer, café Banacado located in the lively area of Vasastan, Stockholm, opened its doors to the public. ASKA gave the brand a physical identity by transforming its 70 m2 area into a vibrant dreamscape.


Warm tones of yellow and peach, the greenery and generous amount of light immediately transport you to an exotic atmosphere, where the sweetly flavoured and colorful food naturally blends in with the environment. To further add upon the southern vibe, certain design elements such as the idiom of shelves, arches and the painted checkerboard floor were inspired by the aesthetics of Cuba.


Upon entering the space, you are enveloped by a pale yellow light, resembling the effect of a sepia lens, making you a part of an old movie. The concept of an environment where ”time stands still” is further enhanced by the subtle layer of vintage details such as the lp-player and the polaroid wall that take your mind to a different era. In order to create a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere the architects further looked for inspiration within the film industry.


”The composition of the interior references to the aesthetics of a Wes Anderson movie, as his motives often follow a strong symmetry and are built from a one point perspective. That sense of constructed perfection makes a space feel somewhat unreal.” Says ASKA co-founder Polina Sandström.


The firms love for cross disciplinary fields like object design and art is also present. The striped handblown lamps, designed for this specific project by glass artist Ulla Gustafson, remind us of polka caramels and add a playful touch to the environment. While the impressionist motives by painter Carl Palmé, highlight the poetic tone of the space.


ASKA is run by the two architects and co-founders Polina Sandström and Madeleine Klingspor. Previously this year the company finalized the new head office of haircare brand Maria Nila and set design for Trendgruppen Design TV during Stockholm Design Week.


Banacado certainly stands out within the restaurant and café scene in Stockholm thanks to its ambition to strive towards a more bold, international look. The large form-cut mirrors and materials such as tiles, terrazzo and stainless steel add that luxury touch, while complementing the cafés ”breakfast all day” menu, more commonly found in cities like London or NY.


”At ASKA, we often draw inspiration from places we have visited in other parts of the world. We feel that in Sweden it is common to play it safe when designing public environments, the goal being to attract the widest audience possible. In this project, on the contrary, our ambition has been to create a strong and focused experience that elevates the core and essence of Banacado. A place with a clear and unique identity.” Says ASKA co-founder Madeleine Klingspor.


In order for the concept to truly take off, the architectural duo put much effort into designing details and working over different scales and disciplines. The architects did both the graphic design and logotype as well as some of the furniture for the café.


One of ASKAs own design pieces that stands out are the tables. The squared pattern of the top made out of ochre tiles and a light yellow grout goes well together with the yellow chequered concrete floor, while the integrated cutlery holder adds a functional aspect.


Café Banacado
Tegnérgatan 6, Stockholm, Sweden

Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area: 70 m2


Photography
Mikael Lundblad
https://mikaellundblad.com/


Other participants
Handblown lamps: Ulla Gustafsson


Brands
Höganäs, Fabresa, Kvadrat, Terrazzo-Teknik, Murano, Fermob, Flos

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    Earlier this summer, café Banacado located in the lively area of Vasastan, Stockholm, opened its doors to the public. ASKA gave the brand a physical identity by transforming its 70 m2 area into a vibrant dreamscape. Warm tones of yellow and peach, the greenery and generous amount of light immediately transport you to an exotic atmosphere, where the sweetly flavoured and colorful food naturally blends in with the environment. To further add upon the southern vibe, certain design elements such...

    Project details
    • Year 2021
    • Work finished in 2021
    • Client Banacado Plant Foods
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Bars/Cafés / Interior Design
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