Only If charters spaceship styling for subway café Voyager Espresso

NEW YORK – Only If charters a futuristic interior for Voyager Espresso – a brand founded by coffee-minded Australian Aaron Barnard – which prides itself in its artistic slash scientific approach to the good old cup of joe. Submerged beneath the Financial District within the subway, a glass storefront addresses the concourse of Fulton Street Station. Adam Snow Frampton – architect and founder of the blossoming Manhattan studio Only If – opts for a forward-looking aesthetic which wields the cafe's calculated approach to coffee roasts and their local sources.


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More akin to a spaceship, aluminium-enameled oriented stand board (OSB) sheathed with white illumination and curved panels of perforated aluminium studded with amber lights demonstrate Frampton's abrupt rejection of 'cliché' café interiors defined by reclaimed wood and exposed Edison bulbs. Complete with accents of copper and rubber, the material palette is unexpectedly luxurious while its application remains budget friendly.


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Two main design elements forage the venue's internal circulation: the Barista Station and the Grotto. All the action begins at a grandiose circular bar which enables two baristas to enjoy side-by-side efficiency amidst elegance.


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Individual baristas can take a customer's order – with only the essential options of black, white or filter on the board – and complete the order's production atop a momentous slab of black-hued marble. Voyager Espresso prides itself on maintaining personable interactions made possible by careful machine placement so baristas can juggle each customer without the need for a helping hand.


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Another curved area for seating is effectively scooped from the space's perimeter, inviting patrons to enjoy their libation in plain view of passersby or within an intimate niche depending on their preference of the moment.

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