Military mocha: Café reflects area's army history

17 : 09 : 2013 Heritage : The Royal Arsenal : Munitions Factory

London – Woolwich in Southeast London is known for its military history, and remains home to the Royal Artillery Barracks. Mindful of the area’s background, the Paul Crofts‎ design studio created an aesthetic for the local Cornerstone Café with subtle references to military regalia.

Cornerstone Cafè by Paul Crofts, London Cornerstone Cafè by Paul Crofts, London
Cornerstone Cafè by Paul Crofts, London Cornerstone Cafè by Paul Crofts, London
Cornerstone Cafè by Paul Crofts, London Cornerstone Cafè by Paul Crofts, London

The café is in a former munitions factory, the Royal Arsenal, and all the design cues reference army living. A chevron motif runs throughout the interior, an allusion to officers’ rank badges. Wooden walls and oak tables are all embellished with the print, and reminiscent of workbenches. Adding to the aesthetic, booths are upholstered in military green and the original industrial beams of the building are left exposed. The entire design scheme is an understated interpretation of Woolwich’s history.

Like the Soviet Style microtrend we identified earlier this year, the Cornersone Café lightly references military heritage, romanticising an earlier age of soldiering.

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