Inspired by streamline moderne style in 1930s, Double Slash Coffee Space at rama3 reveals its identity towards dynamic yet simple architectural aspect. The initial space was originally founded at Rama8 by an industrial designer who had spent and practiced years in forest tradition in northeastern, Isan, Thailand. He has subsequently regarded craftsmanship as a device to develop his personal qualities, mindfulness, and wholesomeness.
“Double Slash” came from what he usually writes to create space among his ideas while writing. The parallel oblique lines are not only his familiar written symbols that establish space in-between, but they are also symbols that identify flow, movement, and continuity at once. Double Slash’s architectural identity was influenced by an international style during Art Deco period, when aerodynamic design was basically applied to household products and architectures.
Without excess ornamentation, both curving form and angled planning orientation build flow and visual movement to the building. Under flat roof structure, the long horizontal framework with minimal distraction humbly accommodates plain space that enhances the essence of stillness and elevates artisan coffee experience within. The interior space somewhat allows customers to contemplate whatever sensation arising amidst the city of Bangkok.
Glass panels on the architecture establish clear visibility and connectivity between interior and exterior. Curved wall and floating rounded glass corner welcome visitors from every direction and increase movement throughout the footprint. Two-toned oblique floor pattern emphasizes Double Slash’s identity and blurs the interior-exterior boundary from glass panel placed in the middle.
Connected wooden tables visually link indoor space with enclosed outdoor surroundings. Concrete finishing on the counter reflects truth to materials and acceptance of nature. Loose furniture was carefully picked by the owner under supervision of his fellow designer who directs FLO Furniture. Adjustable group seating in particular area offers sitting variations in different circumstances.
Transparent facade brings natural lighting into the interior brightening overall space. Indirect light reflected from the ceiling also helps warm and smoothen indoor ambient as a whole.Owner: Gornphong Wiwatchaikamol Design Team: Design Principal and Junjira KhamkaewPhotos: Rungkit Charoenwat.