Cogito Coffee

Croatian coffee brand Cogito collaborated with Shiftspace to design their US flagship coffee shop in Center City Philadelphia. The new outpost features Cogito’s signature coffee drinks paired with locally-sourced pastries and small fare.

Conceived as a coffee shop that invites customers into the coffee-making experience, patrons enter into a warm, nordic-inspired environment with hickory floors and cafe style seating. The central space serves as an “occupiable threshold” with an open-faced bar, reeded glass wall, and floating textile-wrapped panels where baristas and patrons engage. Further back are spaces designed for larger groups and children. As a designed experience, formal architectural elements are juxtaposed with soft forms, colors, and materials.

Cogito represents a fusion of Croatian and American culture and design. The shop features: artwork from renowned Croatian artist Zlatan Vehabović; furniture and lighting designed by Shiftspace; and cabinetry fabricated in Croatia.

Year: 2019
Project Team: Mario Gentile, Tim Barnes, Zhefeng Liu
Photography: Tim Barnes