Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


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Eco Cool in NYC: Happy Bones

In a dilapidated New York City warehouse loft, Happy Bones is one part recycled white paradise, two parts local coffee dream store and all intuitive eco-friendly design.

Netherlands bred Ghislaine Viñas continues to make an impression with her ability to think outside the box when it comes to her projects. Happy Bones café being the latest in a long line of roaring successes.

The old, the new, splashes of graffiti and starkly modern influences are some of the eye catching features of this hole in the wall café in the heart of The City That Never Sleeps; generating an unlikely yet cohesive balance that creates an almost utilitarian comfort.

Keeping an incredibly neutral white and grey colour scheme allows the partial timber countertop and eclectic shelving structure to shine as the hero. The interior fosters a sense of openness, considering the relatively small size of the space and an extremely generous skylight takes advantage of the sun in an environmentally conscious move. Lighting was clearly a focus for Viñas and I love the assortment of naked bulbs and cool rod structure in a nod to industrial design.

The bread and butter for this small New York icon, Happy Bones holds environmental and social responsibility in high esteem – something which Viñas has translated in her design. The cafe is an active supporter of the Direct Trade coffee supply and donates a percentage of profits to Free Arts NYC, providing arts and mentoring programs to underprivileged children locally.

Happy Bones is a must visit when you’re next in town.

394 Broome Street
New York, NY

Anthony Spon-Smith

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