1st Edition

Designing Coffee Shops and Cafés for Community

By Lisa Waxman Copyright 2022
    226 Pages 111 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 111 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Designing Coffee Shops and Cafés for Community brings together research, theory, and practical applications for designing coffee shops and cafes as places to enhance community connections. As people search for meaning and connection in their lives, they often seek out places that root them in their community. Designers are responsible for creating these spaces, and to do so well, they need to understand the physical and social attributes that make such spaces successful.

    Addressing societal trends, environment and behavior theories, place attachment, branding, authenticity, location, layout, and ambiance, the book provides guidelines to help designers and operators create more welcoming third places—places that are not home, not work, but those where we can relax in the company of others. It includes eight case studies by authors from threecountries that ground the theories in real-life third places. Its practical design guidelines cover location, accessibility, seating, lighting, sound, and more.

    Written for students, academics, and designers, this book discusses the value of coffee shops and cafés and guides readers through the ways to create places of belonging that bring people together.

    Introduction;  1. The Role of Place in Our Lives;  2. Human Behavior and the Third Place;  3. Place Attachment and the Third Place;  4. Identity and Messaging;  5. Location and Building Type;  6. Design Characteristics: Project Scope and Layout;  7. Creating Ambiance in the Third Place;  8. Case Studies


    Lisa K. Waxman, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita in the Department of Interior Architecture & Design at Florida State University (FSU). Over her 35 years at FSU, she served as department chair and received several university teaching awards. She has been active in service to the profession, holding board positions with the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Waxman is a fellow of IDEC and received the 2019 Arnold Friedmann Educator of Distinction for her contributions to the profession. Always fascinated by people and places, her research interests include place attachment, sustainability, and design for special populations. She resides in Tallahassee, Florida, with frequent visits to the mountains of western North Carolina. As a recreation enthusiast, she can often be found on her bike or in the pool.

    'This evidence-based application of ‘third place’ research is timely and long overdue. Equally important is the discussion of human behavior/environment theories, which is a hidden gem in this book. This is a pioneering effort to base design solutions on recognized, reputable theories. Designers and design students now have a visible path to applying theory to a specific space, third places, which makes it translatable to applying theory in their design process for any building type. This is a phenomenal addition to the body of knowledge!' - Denise A. Guerin, University of Minnesota, Ada Comstock Distinguished Women’s Scholar, Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor

    'Designing Coffee Shops and Cafes for Community is a well-sourced reference that brings both theory and practical application to bear for restauranteurs, researchers, students and the public. It is highly readable and demystifies the complexities of creating gathering places where people truly want to be. In this time of growing public alienation and widespread retreat to our isolated communities, it is a book we need at this moment, showing how places that are thoughtfully designed do not exist alongside human experience—they set the scene and make possible those moments.' - Jill Pable, Florida State University

    'As a designer of community and restaurant interiors, (and a frequenter of coffee shops!) I wholeheartedly appreciate and enjoyed this inspired and holistic study of the coffee shop as a community space typology, and of interior design’s important role in shaping these spaces. Filled with relevant research-based analysis and practical case study examples, the book beautifully captures the essence of the human experience at a cafe, and explores how design can transform and create an inclusive, positive experience for the community. Settle in with a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, and enjoy this comprehensive, enriching exploration of the coffee house as a community space!' - Felice Silverman, FIIDA - Principal, Silverman Tryowski Associates Inc, - Fellow and Past President, International Interior Design Assocation (IIDA)