The Community Café Concept

To help hospitality businesses prepare for a return to some kind of normality, the team at ABDA has been exploring design trends we can expect to see in our industry during 2021. Our research also considered what impact the pandemic has had on hospitality designs of the future. Seven key words summarised the design trends we will expect to see in 2021:

  • Community
  • Sustainability
  • Experiential
  • Escapism
  • Tech
  • Adaptability
  • Bold

One of our 2021 designs was this café/bar concept called Coterie which is a warm, bright and inviting space where customers can have a break from the norm. During the day it is a relaxed community social space, and, in the evening, it becomes a bar and restaurant. The space aims to bring people together and build on social distancing, bubbles and support networks.

It includes an area to showcase community arts to provide consumers with a way to relax. Communal furniture is used for dining but also for craft events where schools, local care residents and charity groups can come together. Community art is something that lifted people during the pandemic, and it is something that is expected to stay as we’ve learnt to appreciate these little things so much more. The use of bold colour in this concept fits with trends we are seeing across cities such as the New London Fabulous project.

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