Cafe Pitfield Street

Eimear Hanratty, London, 2011


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Open walls of shelving 

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  • Open walls of shelving    
  • Jars of tealeaves jars of lights    
  • Stool made from Scaffolding    
  • Hanging shelving    
  • Hanging shelving detail    
  • Sitting under books and lights    
  • Corner detail counter    
  • Teacups in toilet    
  • Spoons for doorhandles    
  • Corner detail Seating-Shelf-Beam    
  • External view at night    
  • Plan    
  • Section    
  •  Axonometric of furniture    
  • The Kitchen - early sketch    
  • Early sketch    
  • Detail    

Refurbishment of a ground floor cafe in a 1950s block located near St John's Church, Pitfield Street

Influenced by traditional English and Irish home cooking, the owners of I Made It for You wanted to create a space that felt more like being at a kitchen table than in a cafe.

A simple pallette of materials unifies the kitchen and dining spaces.

Reused scaffolding boards create a framework of surfaces; counter, seating, hanging and standing shelves. Kitchen ingredients and customers inhabit this framework.

The walls of shelving, sometimes hanging, shape the cafe and define different spaces - but are never solid. Glass jars add to this translucency, either sitting or suspended from shelves, containing tea leaves by day and fairy lights by night.

With a tight budget the existing windows at the street front were retained - their geometry was seen as an opportunity to bend the street into cafe and cafe into street. New window seats here give contrasting views to the city's towers viewable from one end of Pitfield Street and to St John's Church at the other. The new layout inside kinks to this preset facade and wraps customers around the kitchen counter.

Both cafe owners had previous careers in publishing; their cooking books line the kitchen shelves while the remainder of their collection surround seating areas.

Spoons are used for door handles and teacups make lampshades, the cafe remains always playful, warm, at ease, a kitchen.


  • Begun: Jun 2011
  • Completed: Oct 2011
  • Floor area: 32m2
  • Sector: Retail
  • Total cost: £14,150
  • Tender date: May 2011
  • Procurement: Management procurement
  • Address: 77 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6BT, United Kingdom

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