A212: CAFE: Tokyo Baby Cafe, Aoyama, Tokyo by Nendo :
I love the muted color scheme and the use of scale used in the Tokyo Baby Cafe, in Aoyama, Tokyo by Nendo. Finally, a restaurant just for parents and their children.
The cafe is designed for both the parents and the children. The cafe is stocked with everything you need to entertain a child; books and toys, and includes a playroom, private rooms and separate spaces for nursing and changing diapers. Wide aisles make it easy to move around with a stroller, and light switches and door handles are placed high up to keep children from using them.
The cafe is designed to be enjoyed by two very different sizes of users, 'parents' and 'small children', so the interior plays on this difference in scale. They also see the world through different eyes. Take a table: adults live their lives aware of tabletops, and the things placed on top of them.
But children see the table's underside. A table's legs can look like pillars, and the reverse of the tabletop is like a roof. The cafe's 'absolutely huge' and 'absolutely tiny' furnishings take advantage of these two perspectives, the adult's and the child's.
A nursing sofa becomes a playroom when blown up on a massive scale, and a diaper changing table when shrunk to minuscule proportions. Big windows pair with small ones, and big lightbulbs with small ones. The floorboards vary in size, and the undersides of tables, where parents eyes don't reach, hide pictures of parent and baby animals. In fact, 'parents and children' can be found all around the cafe, ready for their parent and child visitors.
Found via: A212: CAFE: Tokyo Baby Cafe, Aoyama, Tokyo by Nendo