Purple Llama Coffee & Records Shop, Chicago Retail Building, Illinois Interior Architecture

Purple Llama Coffee & Records Shop in Chicago

May 6, 2020

Purple Llama Coffee & Records Shop

Design: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago

Located in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, Purple Llama Coffee & Records Shop transformed an empty 1,000 square foot. retail space into a place to enjoy music, coffee, and community.

Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago

Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago

Inside, a main service bar undulates through the middle of the cafe. Dark, faceted, and heavy, the service bar anchors the space and contrasts with the lightness of the walls and ceiling. Behind, a meandering wood finished wall provides hidden storage, merchandise displays, and leads visitors back to the “records vault” where customers can shop through an eclectic selection of curated records and additional merchandise.

Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago

The main space is flooded with light through a large bifolding glass door. These doors are kept open during the warmer months, opening up the inside to the large outdoor patio enclosed by custom-built planters and greenery.

Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago

Surface mounted can lights above the front bar provide even lighting for customers and employees while the hidden cove light at the back bar reflects off the white solid surface void to draw attention to the interior from the street. In addition, the space makes use of neon lighting in the cafe’s color and logo, providing a punch of color visible, day or night.

Purple Llama Coffee Records Shop Chicago

Interior Design + Architecture: Wheeler Kearns Architects

Photographs © Tom Harris

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Location: Chicago, IL, United States

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