Our good friend John Baker and his spouse Juli Baker are the proprietors of Mjölk in Toronto, one of many world’s finest interiors store. So once they emailed us a few weeks in the past to tell us a few new automated espresso kiosk they’ve designed for Toronto-based roasters and store Darkish Horse Espresso, we have been curious to be taught extra.
“It was a very intriguing transient for us, as we’ve by no means skilled a totally automated contactless espresso system earlier than,” John says. “We began to get a bit of nostalgic for a few of our favourite outdated espresso outlets—locations like Cafe Valand in Sweden and Moka Cafe in Iceland. We love these heat and nostalgic locations that by no means shut and have a crew of acquainted regulars. So we began eager about how we may play with this nostalgia whereas additionally introducing the robotic know-how from RC Espresso.
“We designed a form of cafe diorama to create a playful fictional historical past for the Darkish Horse model, with its origins as a 1950-60s cafe, that holds a particular place within the coronary heart of Yorkville however is broadly forgotten by the remainder of town. Our objective was for folks to stroll by the cafe at evening with the lights within the window glowing and cease for a second to look inside, then understand that this isn’t an actual espresso store however an automatic espresso kiosk. I believe simply having the espresso kiosk by itself as an ATM would possibly simply disappear on a busy avenue in downtown Toronto, so the diorama is de facto necessary and filled with genuine gadgets that attempt to seize the spirit and high quality of the espresso. We love the Nordic spirit for innovation, and although it is a cheeky retro aesthetic, it lends itself to the optimism of the know-how discovered on the espresso kiosk.”
Right here’s a glance:
Above: The facade options an outside ordering station; passersby can peer by the window on the stage-set-like espresso store inside. Above: The inside area is clad in birch plywood stained in Particular Walnut from Outdated Masters Wooden Stain in Iowa. Above: The Varklockor wallpaper is by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (“It’s one in every of our favourite wallpapers,” John says. “We’ve used it in our own residence”). The Tea Trolley was designed by Studio Junction for Mjölk, and the 1956 Drawn Eating Chairs are by Hvidt & Mølgaard. Above: The desk is about with classic Bersa espresso cups by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg and a classic Danish teak bowl. The Nils Thorsson Stoneware Vase is from Royal Copenhagen, and the Diamond Pendant Mild hanging above was designed by Oji Masanori for Mjolk. Above: On the shelf: a Le Klint Desk Lamp with glass base by Holmegaard. Additionally pictured is a classic Cobra Cellphone from Sweden and a inexperienced glazed mid-century Canadian studio pottery vase. Above: Juli and John discovered the midcentury Canadian portray and the rattan stool at a classic store. Above: On the reverse finish of the area, a 53 Armchair by Finn Juhl and a Poppy Aspect Desk by Julie Jenkinson. Above: Clients order by way of a easy display screen interface or touchless web-flow (a cellular app is coming quickly).
For extra Mjölk, see:
An Vintage Stone Home Revived, from John and Juli Baker of Mjölk in Toronto
The Mjölk Shepherd’s Hut, a Quarantine Dream Venture
A Scandinavian-Impressed Kitchen with Hints of Japan