Korean firm Design by 83 went full circle when conceiving the interiors of this Busan cafe.
Or Whatever is the irreverent name of the hangout, which is crowned by a glowing halo structure that breaks out of the otherwise conventional square dimensions of its space on Jeonpo Street – a saturated spot for coffee lovers.
To make the cafe stand out, Design by 83 has embraced a raw but elevated aesthetic for its interiors.
The building’s original facade of ribbed and uneven terracotta tiling has been retained to contrast the shapes and shades inside the new dial-like interior. Aluminium uplighting illuminates the cylindrical insert, which is supported by brick pillars encased in birch ply – materials echoed in tables and chairs, and the tawny raw concrete walls, exposed from the building’s previous retail role.
1f, 33 Jeonpo-daero 186beon-gil, Busanjin-gu, Busan, South Korea