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Newcastle studio café gets unique industrial chic look

A Mediterranean street food café crossed with a contemporary ceramic studio, Kiln sits in an industrial location and lends itself to the aesthetics of timber.

The brief for this urban transformation allowed natural textures and organic materials to create a balanced, welcoming setting in which café customers could reflect and enjoy the wide range of rich coffee and gastronomic delights in a truly unique environment.

The café’s co-owner, Geffen Yoeli-Rimmer, said: “We discussed many designs when we were planning the space and ultimately settled on IRO cladding in chestnut colour as we felt that it gave a nice balance to the space.

“The unit is very industrial with metal girders and concrete floors – so having an organic material like timber offsets some of the harshness and gives the room a really nice warmth. We wanted to create a cosy space that people felt comfortable and relaxed in – essentially somewhere you could settle into and hang out in for an afternoon.”

Built from scratch by Geffen and co-owner Richard, who is also her partner, Kiln was partly inspired by their differing heritages and love for food. The couple fitted everything themselves – from the front door to the glass partition and everything in between.

Using timber made it easier. Geffen said: “IRO timber was easy to use. It has a high-quality finish. I like the fact it’s an organic product and the finished look is smooth and neat but not too polished.”

Kiln creates tableware for restaurants and uses its café as a live showroom, which forms an exciting multi-sensory experience for its growing customer base in the city.

The appearance of the timber echoes that of the clay used in the studio in the sense that it’s natural and unique – and Geffen believes this is more interesting on the eye.
“The larch is both contemporary and timeless, making the bar feel modern but also familiar and comforting. This is exactly the effect we hope to achieve with our pots too,” said Geffen.
“I would definitely recommend being creative when it comes to using IRO. Our customers have appreciated the innovation and quirkiness of our aesthetic.
“Deciding to build with timber not only reduced waste but also added another interesting handmade product to our space, emphasising yet again the importance and beauty of craft.”

Creating spaces to relax, play, laugh and most of all to enjoy; IRO heat enhanced architectural timber is a revolutionary, exciting new range of products developed by BSW Timber to transform your indoor and outdoor spaces.

Carol Burns, Sales Area Manager at IRO Timber, said: “It’s nice to see the customer come up with new and exciting ways to use the product. IRO isn’t a very typical cladding as it can be used to create almost anything and everything.”

The IRO decorative cladding range contains no hazardous substances and is 100% eco-friendly. This means that as well as being a great coloured cladding product, it can also be used in both commercial and residential settings alike.

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