Kova South Kensington is the second shop designed by ATELIER BAULIER for the London-based Japanese Patisserie brand.
Located on a main street in South Kensington, the shop is a welcome haven of calm in the bustling museums neighbourhood. Drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese gardens the space has meticulously been curated to enhance the customer’s experience.
A long bespoke counter takes centre stage displaying an array of colourful cakes contrasting with the subtle texture of its flint terrazzo cladding. It is set against a backdrop of lime render, which cloudy texture brings depth to the space.
The rich pink colour running through the scheme has been selected to complement the vibrant green of the matcha millecrêpe, Kova’s signature cake.
Echoing the pink render behind the counter and stretching along the opposite wall, a 6 meters long banquette boasts a strawberry pink kid mohair velvet upholstery, inviting the customer to sit down and savour. Its backrest made of 3 continuous bolsters hints at the regular patterns of the typical raked gravel of Japanese gardens. Along the same vein, a curtain concealing the back of house adds its soft vertical lines to the shop backdrop.
Above the banquette, the wall is lined with recycled PET acoustic panels. The seemingly random yet regular perforation pattern is reminiscent of rain droplets hitting the surface of a pond. As well as providing a poetic backdrop, the panelling contributes to the good acoustics of the shop. The circular shape is present throughout the space, from the 3 circular light fixtures above the counter to the chairs, the table pendant lights and the prints by Tom Pigeon.
The simple layout and the careful distribution of fixtures contribute to the calm, luxurious yet relaxed aesthetics of the patisserie. Polished copper details dotted around the shop catch the light bringing the space to life.
Sustainability is at the core of the design process. Durable, recycled and natural materials have been selected. The floor and the walls feature a natural clay based render. The counter is clad with a flint terrazzo, a by-product of the flint industry further ground and bound with a solvent-free resin by Resilica in Hastings. Natural wool used for the banquette and the curtain, a renewable and durable material. The PET felt acoustic panels by ReFelt are made of recycled bottles and are recyclable. Materials have been carefully selected on their sustainability credentials without compromising the aesthetics of the project.
Photography: French + Tye
Atelier Baulier designed the second shop for the Japanese fusion desserts brand Kova Patisserie in Chinatown. Playing with a strong contrast between the architectural shell and patisseries display unit, focus is brought onto the products.
The dark interiors feature charred wood, a dark clay render and natural marmoleum. The solid counter is cladded with a recycled glass material which has been routed with a bespoke pattern hinting at the famous millecrêpes cake Kova are famous for.
The minimalist palette, shapes and lighting are balanced by the use of naturally textured materials bringing depth to this small space. The bright shopfront provides a striking contrast with the interiors, bringing clarity and drawing the eye to the cake display.
New open plan kitchen & living-room in a traditional victorian maisonette. Taking down the partition between the 2 former rooms allowed to reconfigure the space and create a dedicated dining area which was previously missing. A new kitchen was designed to suit the new layout and optimise countertop area.
The decommissioned living-room door has been replaced by an internal window bringing daylight to the stairwell.
The project also included the design of 2 wardrobes for the small bedroom alcoves and cat-friendly joinery units for the living room.
28 sqm Loft Conversion
Garden roof slope extension housing a new master bedroom with a walk in wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom. A new staircase has been inserted above the small bedroom below without compromising its volume.
Atelier Baulier designed a corner shop for Drop Wine App, an online wine delivery service operating in London. This Drury Lane wine shop is their first physical space which turns into a wine bar by night.
The former Covent Garden ballet wear shop has been refurbished into a colourful yet timeless wine gallery. The new layout aims to bring depth to the space by splitting a client facing area at the front and the counters at the rear. Each area featuring dedicated colours.
The colour palette is inspired by the bloom of the grapes and the young vine leaves. The stripes pattern reflects the vineyards patchworks seen on the hilly terrains.
Made of reclaimed scaffold boards, the plinths and the display shelves are hinting at the traditional trays into which the grapes are stored before being pressed. The blue and green underlying backdrops bring freshness the the scheme.
The highlighted window reveals draw the eye into the shop whilst a reflected version of them frames the dense display on the adjacent wall. This blurred line between the street ant the shop is an invitation to come in.
The overall material palette plays up the duality between the tradition and the contemporary notes reflecting the Drop Wine App ethos.
Atelier Baulier designed Sans Pere second location in East London. This time the coffee shop turns into a cocktail bar at night.
A large marble counter takes centre stage, emerging from a sea of matching mosaic tiles. The light pink facade stands out, giving a unique identity to the shop.
The first shop of the lifestyle brand Sans Pere.
Organised around a vibrant patisserie kitchen, the space is structured into rooms reflecting an archetypal house plan. The volumes and shapes are on a domestic scale feeling personal, warm and inviting. Blurred boundaries entice the customer to take a journey with a seamless experience and allow long vistas across the space.
The architecture is taking cues from the French Riviera landscape. The silvery greens and fresh yellows of the colour palette are inspired by the mimosa, an iconic mediterranean tree. Deep window reveals bring sharp shadows into the room while framing the views by cutting through the existing facade. The monochrome backdrop unifies the space, reflective volumes and green marble terrazzo animate the landscape and bring depth to the rooms. Lush planting on the terrace and colourful outdoor furniture are hinting the busy cafes under the hot sun of the French South coast.
2015 – 2017
160 sqm (Self-built)
For their new family home, the clients wanted to focus on sustainability and light. The design of the house is inspired by the traditional Breton farm houses, implemented with contemporary materials. A timber frame, strawbales insulation and a Sedum green roof ensure the excellent energy performance of the building, while the untreated Douglas cladding will weather to take a silver coat, similar to those of the local vernacular granite houses.
15sqm - Extension (Self-built)
This house, designed and built 25 years ago by its owners, needed an extension to accommodate the growing family. Split over 2 levels, the additional space provides an extra living room at the top and a study for the reorganised en-suite bedroom below. Deliberately timeless in its design, the extension echoes the volumes of the existing building. The large extends of glazing bring extra daylight to the heart of the house while offering open views onto the valley. The timber cladding, taken down from the original house for the works, has been reclaimed and reused for the new facades, bringing a strong sense of belonging to the whole.
2009 – 2010
120 sqm (self-built)
The clients’ brief called for a low budget, eco-friendly house for a young family of four. The answer came in designing a simple volume, maximising the floor area while minimizing the material consumption. A careful choice of materials, timber for the structure and cladding, strawbales for the insulation, and a rational detailing of the design, ensured it meet the clients’ small budget. It also provided the required simplicity for the owners to be able to build their new home themselves.