Montreal’s Melk Cafe hones a retro-industrial vibe

Pastel shades combine with white tiles, concrete and plywood

Local studio La Firme used exposed pipe and white tiles to create an airy, industrial coffee shop in Montreal’s Ville-Marie neighbourhood.

With only a tiny, triangular floor plan to work with, the designers had to make the most of the building’s cramped space. This meant embracing an open-plan layout and emphasising the cafe’s high ceilings and existing concrete walls and overhead pipework.

La Firme’s new additions – such as concrete flooring and banquettes covered in white tiling – inject some extra polish to the Montreal coffee shop. Huge windows flood the coffee shop with light, while a wood-covered serving counter adds warmth to the industrial palette. A flash of colour, in the form of mint green window frames, finishes the whole thing off.

Photography: Ulysse Lemerise
Photography: Ulysse Lemerise
Photography: Ulysse Lemerise
Photography: Ulysse Lemerise

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