Hive Cafe

The Hive of Vyner Street is a new East London café specialising in organic, vegan and raw food, cold-pressed juices and Italian wine. Like the café itself, the interior design was carried out with careful sourcing and minimal processing of natural materials. The space is organised around a nine-meter-long counter that bisects the room. It is made from pippy oak planks from a single oak tree sourced from a Suffolk farm. The outer edges have been left on the boards but turned inward and cast with concrete to form a unique pattern running down the centre. The single counter facilitates a communal café experience, used for guests at either end, coffee making in the middle and sales at the front.

The floors are a rough faced concrete coloured with a pigment made from turmeric left over from the café’s juice production. Warm lighting and birch-faced cabinetry complete the design creating a space that celebrates the theatre of food production and enhances the sense of care and wellbeing that their food provides.

Photography: Arboreal Architecture