Cafe Ki

Cafe Ki, designed by Japanese design office id like a pure white space populated by coffee-coloured trees, opened in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

id inc, Café Ki, Aichi, Tokyo. Photo © id inc.
A cafe like a small forest has been created in Tokyo by id inc.
Ki, that means “tree” in Japanese, is a cafe where coffee and pastries can be enjoyed in a space like a yard or a forest.
The pure white space enhances the coffee colored trees. The tree standing inside the café takes a role as a table leg made of steel. Hats and coats can be hung on the highly extended table legs.
id inc, Café Ki, Aichi, Tokyo. Photo © id inc.
id inc, Café Ki, Aichi, Tokyo. Photo © id inc.

Although a large number of people can sit around the big table, it can maintain a sense of comfortable distance while sharing the table with a different group since wooden branches help to divide the space on the table.

Moreover, the leg of the table randomly stands and those who sit down can freely choose a place where to sit. The grove where trees are randomly standing brings a deeper impression from front to back than actually it is.

id designed for Café Ki not only the interior but also the graphics, the uniforms, the website and the products packaging.

Café Ki, Aichi, Tokyo
Program: cafe
Design: id inc. (Seiji Oguri, Yohei Oki)
Completion: 2013

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