Darkish Horse Espresso Automat in Toronto, Designed by Mjölk

Our pal John Baker and his spouse Juli Baker are the proprietors of Mjölk in Toronto, one of many world’s finest interiors store. So once they emailed us some time again to tell us a few new automated espresso kiosk they’ve designed for Toronto-based roasters and store Dark Horse Espresso, we had been curious to be taught extra.

“It was a very intriguing transient for us, as we’ve by no means skilled a totally automated contactless espresso system earlier than,” John says. “We began to get just a little nostalgic for a few of our favourite previous espresso outlets—locations like Cafe Valand in Sweden and Moka Cafe in Iceland. We love these heat and nostalgic locations that by no means shut and have a crew of acquainted regulars. So we began fascinated by how we may play with this nostalgia whereas additionally introducing the robotic know-how from RC Coffee.

“We designed a type of cafe diorama to create a playful fictional historical past for the Darkish Horse model, with its origins as a 1950-60s cafe, that holds a particular place within the coronary heart of Yorkville however is broadly forgotten by the remainder of the town. Our aim was for folks to stroll by the cafe at evening with the lights within the window glowing and cease for a second to look inside, then notice that this isn’t an actual espresso store however an automatic espresso kiosk. I believe simply having the espresso kiosk by itself as an ATM may simply disappear on a busy road in downtown Toronto, so the diorama is de facto necessary and stuffed with genuine gadgets that attempt to seize the spirit and high quality of the espresso. We love the Nordic spirit for innovation, and regardless that this can be a cheeky retro aesthetic, it lends itself to the optimism of the know-how discovered on the espresso kiosk.”

Right here’s a glance:

Above: The facade options an outside ordering station; passersby can peer by means of the window on the stage-set-like espresso store inside.
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Above: The inside area is clad in birch plywood stained in Special Walnut from Old Masters Wood Stain in Iowa.
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Above: The Varklockor wallpaper is by Josef Frank for Svenskt Tenn (“It’s one in all our favourite wallpapers,” John says. “We’ve used it in our own residence”). The Tea Trolley was designed by Studio Junction for Mjölk, and the 1956 Drawn Dining Chairs are by Hvidt & Mølgaard.
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Above: The desk is about with classic Bersa espresso cups by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg and a classic Danish teak bowl. The Nils Thorsson Stoneware Vase is from Royal Copenhagen, and the Diamond Pendant Light hanging above was designed by Oji Masanori for Mjolk.
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Above: On the shelf: a Le Klint Table Lamp with glass base by Holmegaard. Additionally pictured is a classic Cobra Phone from Sweden and a inexperienced glazed mid-century Canadian studio pottery vase.
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Above: Juli and John discovered the midcentury Canadian portray and the rattan stool at a classic store.
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Above: On the reverse finish of the area, a 53 Armchair by Finn Juhl and a Poppy Side Table by Julie Jenkinson.
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Above: Clients order by way of a easy display screen interface or touchless web-flow (a cell app is coming quickly).

For extra Mjölk, see:

An Antique Stone House Revived, from John and Juli Baker of Mjölk in Toronto

The Mjölk Shepherd’s Hut, a Quarantine Dream Project

A Scandinavian-Inspired Kitchen with Hints of Japan

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