Collection by Diana Budds

Coffee Break: Stockholm's Cafe Foam

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Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels "Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool," according to its designers, local firm Note. Indeed, the interior features the prototypical Scandinavian blonde wood and spare detailing with splashes of magenta that evoke a more fiery feeling—an unexpected mashup as the latitudes (not to mention the design sensibilities) of Spain and Sweden are about as far flung as one can get in Europe. On a blustery day this past February, I popped in to catch a glimpse of how the city does design cafes (and to escape the intermittent snow flurries). The space was chic, filled with equally fashionable customers (Östermalm is the city's design district), and the baristas serve up a latte that would've tasted equally as good in more modest surroundings. Let's have a look inside the space…

Located in the Östermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, Cafe Foam channels "Spanish temperament with Scandinavian cool,"...
Here's a view of the interior.
Here's the counter filled with sandwiches and pastries.
As you can see from the bright accents of powder blue and Barbie pink, the interior is meant to elicit a strong...
The hanging lights are hand blown by local company Kosta Boda, the oldest operating glasswork company in Sweden.
Natural light floods the interior.
Here's a detail of the bookshelf.
The side room swathed in red fabric leans more toward the Spanish influence (and it looks a lot swankier that the rest...
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