Montreal’s Melk Cafe hones a retro-industrial vibe

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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