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This Busan coffee shop has a halo effect

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.

Photography: Dong-gyu Kim

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

Photography: Dong-gyu Kim

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