Anatomy Design: Blueberry Café

Anatomy Design is one of my absolute favourite design companies in South Africa. they are the geniuses behind some incredible products, and boast an interior design portfolio that makes me weak at the knees. they recently completed some outstanding work for The Blueberry Café in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, including refreshing the interior, the product range and the café’s brand identity. i asked founder Andrea Kleinloog about the inspiration behind the project.

Blueberry Cafe is this little hidden gem in the KZN midlands. We decided to overhaul the traditional idea of a ‘sweet country café’. So we painted the walls a crisp bone colour, painted all the steel work of the traditional shelves black (it’s normally rust red). We designed elemental shelving units that were literally made by the farm welder. They are so simple, but came out fantastically.

We wanted to create an interesting, curious space, with a retail element that offers the best available, not just what is easy to get. We had great fun toying with beautiful and fragile botanical logos/packaging elements – and even found the most remarkable set of prints from an antique store. Another great extension of the design language was being able to develop a whole range of home-ware for them – plates, crockery, tea towels.

the creative team also included Wendy Dixon (branding and graphics), Mia Widlake (product development & styling) and chef Bianca Davies, who developed the new menu. Photography by Samantha Maber.

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10 Responses to Anatomy Design: Blueberry Café

  1. gina Wednesday 26 February, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Oooo I’m going to the Midlands in a couple weeks – what a wonderful looking place to have a meal.

  2. Vicky Wednesday 26 February, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

    Ohhhh! this place is amazing!!! love it!

  3. Jessica Wednesday 26 February, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Perfect place!

    xx.

  4. Fernand et Firmin Wednesday 26 February, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Peaceful, inspiring, and very dangerous for the wallet then …

  5. Lena Wednesday 26 February, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    This is stunning! Absolutely makes me want to travel there!

  6. Zandra Zuraw Wednesday 26 February, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    Must go there! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Dina Thursday 27 February, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Wow!!! this place is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!
    I love all the plants and especially the dishes with the beautiful illustrations!

  8. Kamuran Sunday 9 March, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    They need to open a branch in London as well. I love the whole concept.

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