Independent coffee shop design: the best of old and new

View to the street at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
View to the street at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
Original glass facade feature wall at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
Original glass facade feature wall at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
The iPad bar at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
The iPad bar at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
The back room at Claud W. Dennis coffee shop
The back room at Claud W. Dennis coffee shop
Memorabilia at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
Memorabilia at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
The garden at Claud W. Dennis Coffee
The garden at Claud W. Dennis Coffee

We're excited to announce the opening of our latest commercial design, independent coffee shop Claud W. Dennis, adjacent to Southgate Underground station in North London.  A true independent, the cafe pays homage to (and takes its name from) the building's previous owner, a distinguished local property man. Credited with building many of Southgate's important parades, Claud W. Dennis was famous in the area in the first half of this century. The design revives many of his shop's original features, found in the building's loft, including a stunning stain glass front window and advertising signs.Bringing the design bang up to date is a rolling display of train times through a custom-made app for the busy commuter's peace of mind.  A bespoke hand-crafted iPad bar, of reclaimed Chemistry lab benches, allows free wi-fi surfing, while phone and laptop chargers make it a perfect hang out for freelancers.Those keen to switch off from the modern world can kick back next to the elegant Victorian fireplace and enjoy the array of hand-picked vintage pieces, sourced from local markets.  Gems include an authentic 1930s calculator and original glass decanter holder in mint condition.Glass table top displays reveal a wealth of reminders of times gone by, from letters and flyers to cigarette packets from Claud W. Dennis' time in the shop. Meanwhile, vintage factory and railway lighting give the design a timeless feel.And when the sun comes out you can kick-back in the cafe's boutique back garden, with authentic vintage seating.

Avocado Sweets are three times international award nominated interior designers, specialising in exciting tailor-made design for commercial and residential clients.  To speak to us about your project, please email info@avocadosweets.com or call 020 7043 0712.

News, ProjectsSusie Agathou