El Condor Coffee Roasters is now open in New York’s West Village. The cozy but convivial 500-square-foot space was crafted by design studio Re-a.d to defy the typical grab-and-go sensibility of coffee shops and, instead, offer an open atmosphere that invites patrons to “stay and play.”
“Our intention with the design of El Condor was to create a vibrant atmosphere with a high-quality hospitality experience without getting pompous. It is a refined establishment yet it stays relatively affordable, fun, neighborhood-y,” says Re-a.d founder Côme Ménage. “Palm Springs and midcentury modern were chosen as the inspiration for its openness and the clean simple lines mixed with occasional pops of color and playful shapes.”
Blue tiling serves as a key focal point upon arrival and is echoed in the blue tone of an eye-catching portal that leads to the kitchen behind the counter. Whitewashed brick walls serve as the backdrop, complemented by natural materials and earthy hues of green, brown, and reds.
Brick-toned modern seating and a custom coffee counter outfitted with white plaster anchor the space, while tall wood beam shelving and a mesh cloud design adorning the ceiling contextualize the lofty interior. High top, banquette, and lounge seating options invite a range of different guest experiences set against soft, rounded lines that infuse the dynamic café with a welcoming ethos.