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Look: Public Spaces Inspired by Design

Here, you can sit on a Vitra chair, drink a Pantone Vibrant Orange soda, and have coffee at a Moleskine-theme café


Sometimes, we look at a well-designed lamp, chair, or even a paint swatch and fantasize about the object becoming the inspiration of a boutique, public lounge area, or even an entire chain of restaurants!

Design has always been synonymous with public areas; and most developed countries know that good design promotes the general wellbeing of a community. But these establishments take that concept one step further by incorporating iconic designs and products into retail stores, cafes, and temporary offices.  Here are three that we’ve spotted:

Vitra Pop-up Office and Lounge

As part of the 2016 London Design festival, iconic modern furniture company Vitra creates The Vitra Pop-up Office and Lounge. In the pop-up office, the London festival visitors can create their design presentations while seated on Konstantin Grcic chairs and could hold phone conferences on Antonio Citterio sofas.

The Vitra Pop-up’s lower ground Lounge area features a cozy, home-like setting that lets guests put their feet up while relaxing on Jasper Morrison sofas and Eames chairs.

Pantone Cafe

Could you imagine snacking on a Pantone 19-0912 Chocolate Brown éclair, or sipping on a crimson-colored Pantone 16-1720 Strawberry Ice Cooler? The world leader in color trends Pantone now opens Pantone Cafe Pop-ups all over the world, great for those art director-types who want their pink nail polish to match Pantone’s 13-1520 Rose Quartz Color of the Year.

Pantone Café’s tagline is, rightly so, “Taste The Color.” Because the mugs, glasses, dinnerware, and even drinks and food match specific Pantone colors.

The café has had pop-ups in sunny Monaco and recently, Monte Carlo, which gives diners a good chance to lounge outdoors on—what else—these Pantone-colored chairs. Take your pick!

Moleskine Cafe

Using a Moleskine notebook may make you feel as artistic as its famous users like Oscar Wilde, Pablo Picasso, and Ernest Hemingway. You may even become more creative at the Moleskine Café in Milan, as doodling and scribbling while having coffee is definitely encouraged! You can also shop for more Moleskine notebooks and products within the café.

The design aesthetic of the Moleskine Café is as simple and as streamlined as the notebooks, and chair colors are reminiscent of the hues of the notebook covers. The café also hosts year-round talks, exhibits, and workshops.

PHOTOS: Vitra Pop-Up from Caro Communications, Pantone Café from their Facebook page, Moleskine Café from their Facebook page.

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