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Coffee culture x art = The Crossboundaries’ design for Modernist Coffee

AUG 3, 2020 | By Jhanvi Somaya
The space is done up in a blend of brown and grey shades; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Quirky sculptures are seen against a brick backdrop; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Muted seaters are paired with black coffee tables; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Quirky stools are placed near the brick covered counter; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
A sleek, metal-framed glass partition separates zones in the cafe; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
All the furniture for Modernist Coffee is from Olvvi Lifestyle; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
A view of the outdoor seating space; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
Another shot of the brick countertop; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
A row of track lights run parallel to two beams, leaving the central ceiling area untouched; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala
A view of the exposed details in the cafe; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

With Modernist Coffee, Harsh Boghani of The Crossboundaries pushes the boundaries of a modern coffeehouse and reinvents the idea of a new cafe typology. The 1,350 sq ft space is located in a high-res building in Vadodara and one of its biggest plus points is that it opens onto a lush, 900 sq ft terrace.

“The site has coveted benefits like two terraces that bring in plenty of natural light and wind, good views and ample space to breathe,” says Boghani. So, he has conceptualised an open plan for the cafe and used exposed brick and bespoke light fittings to make it suitable for casual gatherings as well as for art exhibits.

The main focus of this coffeehouse-cum-art gallery is the use of modern materials in their raw form. This unique look is consummated with a deep blue hue, brick textures, undressed concrete and splatters of natural greens to further build up an atmosphere that pervades the coffee house.

Reclaimed jute bags have been converted into bespoke lights by The Crossboundaries and suspended in the cafe; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

A palette of wood, metals, dressed plaster and MicroCrete flooring lend a raw, unfinished and edgy vibe to the interiors. Another material that reigns supreme in the cafe is jute—repurposed jute bags have been given a new lease of life as pendant lamps by The Crossboundaries. Additionally, an installation is created using jute bags made from reclaimed gunny sacks. 

Old-school switches on a block of wood make for an intriguing switchboard; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

The decor scheme is completed with matte black flooring and sleek metal-framed, glass partitions. These are highlighted with a captivating array of lighting fixtures. An array of custom designed beams run across the ceiling with a spotlight fixture to emphasise the space’s readiness for art exhibitions.

A cosy nook in the cafe showcases minimalist furniture and a wall of niches that are full of knick knacks; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala

Our favourite features are the terraces as they juxtapose the interiors of the coffeehouse with dark hues on the inside and lighter tones on the outside, along with natural light to blend them together. With vibrant colours reflecting in the black stone infinity pool, this calm and meditative space recreates a spot of nature, perfect for a quiet cuppa joe on cosy, rainy evenings. 

Plants from a local nursery have been handpicked by Boghani and his client; Photographs by Ishita Sitwala