Why does an interior designer open an artisan café

Although I could happily have filled every square inch of the building with beautiful furniture, I made the decision to open a café at the front of the building.  I live in Straffan and always felt it was a shame that there was no focal point for people to meet in the village centre. 

I wanted to give a warm welcome to visitors to Quirc Interior Design and to make our visitors open to design ideas for their own homes.  People can browse while having a coffee and take the time to reflect on how their homes could look.  We spent a lot of time developing the menu to offer good quality food from breakfast options to lunchtime fare with the added bonus of some prosecco or wine for when the mood takes you! 

The chairs in the café have been commented on quite a lot for their unusual look.  I sourced them in Kartell in Milan and I’m delighted with how they look.   Kartell is a leading design company, founded in 1949 by Giulio Castelli and now run by Claudio Luti, and has become one of the symbols of Italian design around the world.  I am fascinated by how they experiment with new technologies and processes in making plastics to combine style and functional performance and I think our Kartell chairs express that really well; they are comfortable but a design statement.

The key to a successful coffee shop obviously is the coffee!  I did a lot of research on different coffee brands which was a real labour of love for me.  I finally decided on Hausbrandt because of its great variety of quality blends but also because of its fascinating history as the first Italian coffee roasting company.  The brand Specialita Caffe Hausbrandt was founded in 1892 and was the first company to offer products that were packaged and sealed in metal containers at the production plant.  More recently the company partnered with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice in promoting modern and contemporary art which I love. 

We will also stock a range of jams, mustards, jellies, pesto, which will be beside the coffee shop, and will be ideal as gifts.

The café has been busy since it opened. At all times of the day, there is a real buzz there and a great mix of customers.  Straffan locals have been stopping in for a coffee on their way to work or after school drop off.  Customers from further afield are staying for lunch and a chat when they have finished making their purchases.  Guests from the K Club are walking down after their golf to have a glass of wine and celebrate their birdies and well as lament their bogeys!  My vision for the place is a focal point for the village and a meeting place where people can chat and exchange ideas.  My clients become my friends and I love having them visit Quirc Café and being part of Straffan village life.