LTL’s design for this 800-square-foot bakery and coffee shop fuses a highly efficient plan with an expressive surface that cloaks the walls and the ceiling. The plan provides the required space for the bakery and bathroom, maximizes the number of seats by locating booths in the storefront, and directs take-away traffic to the center. The storefront was recessed two feet from the property line to allow the entry to appear to extend into the sidewalk. The attention of patrons is drawn immediately to the walls and ceiling, a robust surface made from layers of common materials. Almost 18,500 feet (more than three miles) of 3/4- by 3/4-inch strips of felt and stained plywood were individually positioned and anchored into place. The surface performs in multiple ways: as banquette back, as padding, as acoustic damper, and as visual seduction. The striking linear pattern of the strips induces a horizontal vertigo, which, seen through the glass storefront, serves as a visual invitation to pedestrians on the street. The vitality of this architectural surface becomes the shop’s advertisement.As a counterpoint to the excessive linearity of the strips, a custom stainless-steel chandelier, composed of forty-two dimmable linear incandescent lights, branches across the ceiling.