Whilst there are too many exceptional coffee shops to choose from in the West End, Monocle Café is slightly different and definitely one to try. I never considered how closely linked Japanese and Scandinavian design is until I visited this compact and unique café. The use of wood in furniture and other décor creates warmth among the plain white walls and minimal design.
Whilst the interior design of the two different cultures is a close match, the menu is eclectic, for example you can get Katsu curry, or Smoked Salmon and Rye bread or there’s Matcha and then there’s Cinnamon buns. A pairing rarely, if ever seen – but it works.
To add to the mix, Monocle Café also has its own monthly culture magazine which covers a variety of topics including interiors and architecture.
GET THE LOOK: the Venus footstool and the Jane Sofa both in the Gravel fabric along with the Flex Table are perfect for that soft, natural, slightly rustic look.
At Camerich, we are big fans of the light oak finish and can provide dining chairs, arm chairs, side table and dining tables in light oak. The light oak finish works well with our grey tones fabrics, such as the Gravel, Concrete, Graphite or Haze:
This light finish can also be matched to warmer tones of cream to create the Scandinavian look – Canvas, Papyrus, Pearl, Linen:
For a more upscale establishment in the West End, we have the Athenaeum Hotel – whilst it’s mainly notable and famous for its living plant wall/corner which looks onto Green Park, it also sets a precedent for simple yet effective interior design.
Wide and tall upholstered headboards (or entirely upholstered walls) have been huge in the interiors industry recently and here we can see a toned down version in stunning burnt orange velvet. You can recreate this look with our Screen bed with side panels, if you’re not quite ready to upholster your walls.
The rooms are filled with functional items, and whilst they look elegant and luxurious, there is no excess. The clean lines of the table are emulated in our King Desk, which makes a strong statement without stealing the limelight from other features in the room.
The sense of grandeur comes from the tall ceilings and the brass art deco decorative ironmongery. Our Lazy Time sofa in a bright velvet would complement this setting perfectly, along with the simple Flex side board.