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  • May 7, 2018

    Detour Cafe in Dundas, Ontario

     

     

    We recently had the pleasure of working on the Detour Cafe renovation. Located in Dundas, Ontario (next to Hamilton) is a classic little Ontario town, with a charming main street. About midway along the strip you'll find a stand alone Victorian house, with a cafe on the main floor and nice patio on the side. We had visited Detour with much enthusiasm in the past so when our client asked us to help them reimagine the space, we were more than happy to oblige.

     

    Detour Coffee is now accompanied by Dear Grain heirloom breads, and they have started to serve open faced sandwiches which I cannot wait to try.

     

     

     

     

    Probably the most significant changes occured with the investment in new Oak flooring from Relative Space as well as using Pure & Original Lime fresco paint in Bone. What an incredible difference this subtle textured natural paint gives to plain old boring drywall. Mjölk is now a representative in Toronto and the surrounding area for Pure & Original Paint.  

     

    We were able to reappropriate the banquettes they already had, but changed the proportions and painted them out with the really soft and pretty Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre. The Josef Hoffman chairs were a lucky find at Williams in our Junction neighbourhood and have the very cool history of having been previously used at the Toronto Public Reference Library.

     

    Hanging above the tables are Mass Pendants in copper by Norm Architects.

     

    Top it all off with some greenery in terracotta pots, a brass Min watering can, and some antiques to add texture and warmth. On the tables we have pink Kin tea light holders, brass Fundament candleholders and Acorn vases from Svenskt Tenn.

     

    On the other side of the cafe the first major thing we proposed was turning the squared off insert into one with an arch, and the effect is astounding. 

     

    We found the antique mirror at local Junction antique shop City Furniture, the last stop on our search and it was exactly what we were hoping to find. The long brass candle snuffer is by Stian Korntved Ruud.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dedicated Detour customers may recognize the repurposed counter with its new bright top. The Oak flooring was extended up the back wall. A pass through window allows for customers to see the bread oven for Dear Grain breads. The cream coloured swing doors have always been there but they've been freshened up with a bright coat of paint and the brass fixtures have been polised, making the doors look brand new.

     

    Above the counter are the w162 Dalston pendant lights by Sam Hecht & Kim Colin.

     

     

     

    A grain library sits in Weck jars in the window, and some product is available to purchase as well, including Detour coffee beans, Preservation Society and other artisan products.

     

    On the other side is a water station, with a Svenskt Tenn tray, Low Vase by Jaime Hayon and a large sconce in brass by Malin Appelgren.

     

     

     

    At the coffee station, the milk and cream are served in elegant Georg Jensen jugs, AJ Otto bowls for lids and stir sticks have never been so classy as they are in the Oji Masanori brass tool holder.

     

    A small Ikebana vase adds an easy burst of colour.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The exterior was great as it is, and the addition of some gold foil lettering adds a beautiful final touch.