Bubble Food is opening a café in Potter’s Field Park, London SE1, with interior design by Debuti Agency.
The café will occupy an existing wooden building in the park next to Tower Bridge. Debuti owner and Bubble project manager Wilmien Bos is designing the interior.
Bos is creating a ‘raw’ wooden bar, two V-shaped bench seats with olive-green and grey-purple leather upholstery, and white walls for the 30-seat café. The roof space will reveal aluminium pipework, imparting what Bos describes as Bubble’s signature ‘industrial look’.
Debuti is working with Bubble’s incumbent design group Zulu Spice on an identity for the café. ‘I am developing a more branded look for Bubble’s cafés,’ says Bos. ‘Before, the interior look and feel was a bit tailor-made for each client, but now we are going for a more unified look.’
Bubble’s look will now consistently incorporate raw wood and metal, with the look being applied retrospectively to the caterer’s portfolio of seven food outlets.
Last month, Bubble opened a café (pictured) at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London’s Bermondsey, adding its first fully consumer-facing outlet to a roster of five cafés at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and one at Warner Bros’ offices in central London.
‘FTM was the first café where I really applied Bubble’s branded look, but we did still tailor it to bring in Mexican elements, reflecting the fact that the building was designed by [Mexican architect] Ricardo Legorreta,’ says Bos.
Bubble and Debuti are also collaborating with interior designer Beatriz Giraldos on the refurbishment of a 44-room hotel in Ibiza, which Bubble has bought. It is being repositioned to appeal to young gay men.
The boutique hotel will reopen in May next year.
‘The hotel is a giant leap forward for Bubble, but we are going to apply a similar aesthetic to it and aim it at a more metropolitan, younger gay crowd,’ says Bos.