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Food/Design: Café Leche

Categories: Architecture + Interiors



We’re never surprised to learn that someone who is interested in modern interiors also has a healthy appetite for good food. In fact, you might say that design lovers and foodies not only run in the same circles—they make up the same circles! In this weekly post we’ll be bringing you good foods and/or delicious restaurant interiors.

Today’s restaurant interior is Café Leche, a finalist for the Café category at this year’s 2010 Los Angeles AIA Restaurant Design Awards. We were pretty bummed when we realized this place didn’t win, because frankly, we’re bowled over. It’s a fabulous little cafe set in Highland Park designed by Freeland Buck.

We think we love the smart simplicity the most. Natural light-colored wood and brick anchor the color palette. Accent colors are bright yet soothing. The built-in seating and shelves are built at an angle, creating interest and welcoming visitors in the space. A simple yet modern mural is painted on the wall, eliminating the need for art that could clutter. Details, like stripes on the delicate, wood chairs and a natural-looking kid’s play corner, are abundant yet subtle. It’s okay to profess your love to an interior, right?

Images from the Freeland Buck website.

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