About the project
APPAREIL Architecture rose to the challenge of designing a Mile-End café-boutique overflowing with colours. The 1,500 square foot space houses a café, artisans’ workshops, and a boutique space where local creations are showcased. In approaching the APPAREIL Architecture firm, the couple who owns the space, Gabriel Malenfant, member of the band Radio Radio, and Véronique Orban de Xivry, founder of the brand Bouquet, wished to create a hybrid space that combined a café with a workshop-boutique. This collaborative spirit is expressed through overlapping spaces that allow customers to catch a glimpse of the creation workshop while enjoying a coffee. In the boutique, several architectural details act as displays for the artisans’ handbag and accessory creations. The predominance of curves and a pastel colour palette evoke a creative and playful spirit. A seating nook was custom-designed and faces large, metallic, window-adorned doors that allow curious customers to have a direct view on the artisans at work.