Walker Warner Architects
Menlo Park, California, USA
Project Year
Laure Joliet
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct link
Metal Curtain Material - FabricoilCascade ArchitecturalFabricoil®
Cypress Siding, Elliptical Cypress Louvers, Ash Interior PanelingARC Wood & Timbers
Oversized Glass Windows and DoorsArcadia Inc
Lighting DesignEric Johnson Associates
Tufted Banquette UpholsteryKravet Inc.
Tufted BanquettesShelby Williams

Product Spec Sheet
Metal Curtain Material - Fabricoil
Cypress Siding, Elliptical Cypress Louvers, Ash Interior Paneling
Oversized Glass Windows and Doors
Lighting Design
Tufted Banquette Upholstery
Tufted Banquettes


Walker Warner Architects as Architects

Coffeebar is a contemporary space in the heart of Silicon Valley’s venture capital center, Menlo Park, California. The design teams collaborated with Coffeebar founder Greg Buchheister to reimagine a building that was once a nail salon and an Asian food market into a curated, modern café that would draw in commuters and residents alike. The exterior was transformed from a simple commodity building to a bespoke retail destination. A simple material palette of steel, cypress, and glass creates a contemporary ambiance while offering durability in a heavy traffic environment. Elliptically-shaped, exterior wooden louvers float in front of the oversized glass windows and doors to provide sun protection and soft natural light into the interior. The steel trim and blackened standing-seam metal panels convey a sophisticated, industrial quality that complements the interiors.

Taking inspiration from Italian coffee bars, the interior features terrazzo countertops and walls. A bicycle chain chandelier, bicycle enamel paint and an alcove partitioned with metal chain curtains pay homage to the biking culture of Silicon Valley. A live-edge walnut communal table, which is accented by striking butterfly joints in teal blue, anchors the space. Banquettes, hightop tables with terrazzo counters, and copper-top café tables edge the interior. A custom designed retail area supports the front counter with its high customer turnover. Interior details include a copper-paneled waterstation, copper wall panels with exposed riveting and ash walls. The floor is the original concrete that has been highly polished.

Material Used :

1. Bike Chain Chandelier: Design by NICOLEHOLLIS; fabricated by Facaro Designs

2. Terrazzo: American Terazzo Co.

3. Menu Signage: Vestaboard

4. Walnut Table: Design by NICOLEHOLLIS

5. Metal Curtain Material: Fabricoil-Cascade Architectural

6. Tufted Banquettes: Shelby Williams

7. Tufted Banquette Upholstery: Kravet#606 Valera (Colorway: Sienna)

8. Linen/Vinyl Banquettes: Alexis Moran

9. Water Station: Design by NICOLEHOLLIS

10. Copper-Top Cafe Tables: Design by NICOLEHOLLIS

11. Terrazzo Hightop Tables: Design by NICOLEHOLLIS

12. Cypress Siding: ARC Wood & Timbers

13. Elliptical Cypress Louvers: ARC Wood & Timbers

14. Steel Trim: Custom metal by Mountain Forge Inc., Truckee, CA, Anton Standteiner

15. Standing Seam Metal Panels: Sheffield

16. Oversized Glass Windows and Doors: Arcadia Storefront System (aluminum)

17. Ash Interior Paneling: ARC Wood & Timbers

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Interior Design
Linen/Vinyl Banquettes
Bike Chain Chandelier
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