HARRIS + HOOLE, CHESHUNT | HERTFORDSHIRE, UK | 2014
An artisan coffee shop chain formed from the partnership between specialist coffee merchants, Taylor St Baristas, and Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer.
Harris + Hoole presented a unique design proposition from the outset. The individually designed high-street stores were authentic, artisanal coffee shops existing entirely outside of the Tesco brand. Later incorporated into Tesco stores, this independent, rustic charm had to be translated to work within the context of a large supermarket.
The brief for this early in-house cafe was to create a stand-out shopfront to draw customers into the internal parade surrounding Tesco’s main entrance. A bespoke architectural feature was commissioned to create impact from external sightlines. Inspired by the milk frothing technique of Harris + Hoole’s baristas, the sweeping design of the CNC MDF suspended feature ceiling drew the eye from afar.