18 Nov 2011

Last night we met up with Paul Nicholson and Damon Webb of Chalk Architecture to congratulate them in being short-listed for the 2011 Retail Interiors Awards and present them with their certificate.

The short-listed entry, Small Batch Coffee Company is a charming and beautifully designed coffee shop in East Sussex, UK. The key to this delightful project is the attention to detail from the architectural salvaged walls, floors and counters, to the antique brass shelf brackets, glass shelves & brass edged light fittings add a sparkle and lustre to offset the rich timber textures. "As soon as I saw this I wanted a cup of coffee," said judge Paul Symes who, along with Paul Hanegraaf, had also checked out Chalk Architecture's website and agreed that they had a great portfolio of projects.

"When I read the values and qualities of the brand, this just fitted in with those values," Symes added: "There is this amazing feature where it looks like they have used plumbing pipe to display the filters, how clever is that?" Hannegraaf goes on to say: "This project is very graphic, very brand rich." Symes elaborates: "The architects have been inventive, rather than just throwing money at it - it just goes to show that even in a recession and trading in a very competitive market, with excellent design and an good product you can still be successful."

You can read more of the judges comments and see the other short-listed entries and winners here.

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