Based on the traditional Roman cafes from Sant’Eustachio to Caffe Tazzo D’oro, Kava was designed around the idea that a great coffee can be found in a stand up café.  The small footprint on Washington Street allowed for a long centerpiece bar accented only with strong ceiling lights and an intricately detailed radial terrazzo floor.  Designed with traditional Italian materials- terrazzo, brass, bronze mirror and wood, the design was meant to subtly invoke a classic Italian palate inspired from its racing heritage- from Touring Maserati to the immaculate craft found in Riva Yachts.


Italian Heritage throughout the design, finishes, equipment and decoration.


Even the espresso machines work a work of art.  The first pair of Italian Marzocco Stradas in the US anchor the front of the bar as its engine.


Large shallow domes and brass accent lights create a soft clean glow in the space, subtly highlighting the walls decorated with religious art from Lazio.


to finish the space, a team decorative painters layered the ceiling and walls in a perfect high-gloss enamel finish to evoke italian race cars.

Kava Cafe
Interior Design, Graphics, Creative Direction
Roman and Williams
Matthew Winter

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