2011 September – A modern cafe within small local museum

Aims:  To present a cafe design showing reference to historical research and a named designer.

My concept was focused on creating a distinctive atmosphere in the cafe within a local museum. For my inspiration I chose English designer Terence  Conran as he was involved in architecture and interior design and was named as the most influential restaurateur in the UK in 2005. The cafe has a striking, unique, eye-catching interior design, with trendy colour in the combination of colourful nuances with retro pattern on the feature wall. It would leave the visitor amazed. My design is very inspiring in terms of both colour and furniture layout. Furnitures are characterized in general by smooth and curvy lines, use of variety of fabrics and new materials such as Formica, lightweight aluminium. The cafe keeps the kids happy and entertained while it also satisfies parents with its comfortable lounge, gourmet food and hip atmosphere. Cafe offers comfortables couches for adults to converse after a meal, flip through a newspaper or magazine , surf the web on their free wifi or listen to great music for a needed escape. No one is forgotten at cafe.

Terence Conran (1931-present) was born in Kingston upon Thames, the son of Christina Mabel (Halstead) and South African-born Gerard Rupert Conran, a businessman who owned a rubber importation company in East London.

Conran started his own design practice in 1956 with the Summa furniture range and designing a shop for Mary Quant. In 1964 he opened the first Habitat shop in Chelsea with his third wife Caroline Herbert, which grew into a large chain selling household goods and furniture in contemporary designs.

In the mid-1980s, Conran expanded Habitat into the Storehouse plc group of companies that included Mothercare and Heals but in 1990 he lost control of the company.

He has also been involved in architecture and interior design, including London‘s Michelin House (which he turned into the restaurant Bibendum) and the Bluebird Garage both in Chelsea. Conran had a major role in the regeneration in the early 1990s of the Shad Thames area of London next to Tower Bridge that includes the Design Museum which is managed by the Conran Foundation.

Conran has also created various other London restaurants including the Soup Kitchen, Orrery, Quaglino’s, Mezzo (restaurant), Pont de la Tour, Blueprint Cafe, Butler’s Wharf Chop House, together with restaurants in various other countries.

Floor plan & Lighting plan of a cafe

Sample Board – Cafe

Feature wall design of a cafe in  perspective drawing


4 thoughts on “2011 September – A modern cafe within small local museum”

  1. sabrina mal said:

    Hello, is this the blueprint cafe? or the one on the ground floor? xx

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