Ippolito Fleitz Group has redesigned the popular Café Pause in the heart of Stuttgart’s suburb Ostfildern, after a change of leaseholder. The design direction for a multifunctional space was fast reached by taking into account the clients’ desires. The result is a space that is flexible, and functions beautifully as a café, but also as a bar and event location.
The town of Ostfildern, the owners of the building, wished to establish a space in which café meets culture, and where small concerts could be held by a nearby music school or cabaret shows. On the other hand, the new tenants wished to create a space for high-end bistro food, reflected in a sophisticated interior design.
The new interior design combines contemporary elements with a cozy feel to ensure the café can address a broad target group. Various seating options are grouped around a central bar, thus catering to different seating requirements and differing scenarios throughout the day.
The space incorporates diner-style seating niches along the street window to create an intimate atmosphere. To further enhance the multi-functionality of the space, the bar tables and seating on the opposite end reflect an open coffeehouse-style ambiance.
The feature element in the space is without a doubt the large circular upholstered bench that wraps around the two existing columns in the centre of the cafe. Carefully positioned lighting and cozy pillows create a lounge atmosphere suitable for the occasional concerts and music events.
The free seating along the façades can be moved to make space for a temporary stage or free the way to the terrace in summer.
The walls around the central bar are clad in whitened maritime pine boards, which is also used for the sides of the diner seating and the shelves above the bar. The bar counter with its sophisticated mix of white marble and brass strips set in concrete claims centre stage in the space.
Its rear wall of blue and ochre tiles gives the space its overall colour scheme. The colour scheme is continued across the upholstered wall panels, the wall colour in the downward stairway and the seat upholstery.
Project: Café Pause
Client: Lars Holzwarth, Andreas Steger
Location: Esslinger Str. 26, 73760 Ostfildern-Nellingen, Germany
Size: 125 m²
Team: Gunter Fleitz, Peter Ippolito, Alexander Assmann, Markus Schmidt, Hansen Hermawan, Marina Schlachter, Verena Schiffl
Photography: Zooey Braun
*All images and information courtesy of Ippolito Fleitz Group.