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Influx Cafe by Colkitt&Co

Influx Cafe, a family-owned neighborhood eatery best known for its coffee and locally sourced ingredients, enlisted architectural design firm Colkitt&Co to collaborate on the cafe’s third California location at the North Parker, a new mixed-use retail and residential development by Jonathan Segal.


With the simultaneous construction of other notable restaurants on the ground level including La Perla, Under Belly and Modern Times, the team was challenged with creating a modern and inviting eatery over a 10-month renovation period.


Since the Golden Hill and Little Italy locations are an important part of the fabric of the community as a coffee hangout with health-oriented breakfast and lunch menu items, owners Jason Twilla and Gina Bledsoe wanted the new space to incorporate similar contemporary design with pops of color. Taking cues from the previous two locations, Colkitt&Co worked closely with the owners to elevate the design concept and refine architectural details by adding symmetry and linearity throughout the cafe.


The new space, housed in a glass exterior, boasts a modern, utilitarian and inviting interior. Featuring a white and grey color palette accented by pops of red, succulents in glass terrariums, white architectural steel furniture frames, polished concrete floors, geometric patterned fabric draped over the seating and variegated strips of walnut wood that wrap around the kitchen and front counter, the space is brimming with Scandinavian-inspired decor.


Colkitt&Co also collaborated with local craftsmen, Wood and Silver, on custom, dining tables and a long outdoor bench, made from varying strips of teak, placed adjacent to folded I-beam tables and chairs for alfresco dining.


The final result is a clean and minimalistic space with personal touches from the owners including a rebuilt vintage Italian espresso machine, hand-selected plates, silverware, and fabrics as though they were personal items found in his house.

A line of Solitaire Modern pendant lamps by Niche Modern hang above the kitchen counter while Universal Track lighting by Nora Lighting provides clear and even light throughout the interior.


The distinctive cafe chairs are the Spark Series by Knoll.


And the eye-catching wallpaper in the restrooms is the Ystavat Figural Wallpaper by Finnish brand Marimekko.
Posted September 12th, 2014 by Editor

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