Early Bird is a minimalist cafe located in Toronto, Canada, designed by MSDS Studios. Early Bird wanted a cafe space that would be both functional and dynamic while retaining the easy-going atmosphere on which they built their brand. As such, the design for their second location, situated in a below ground network of retail spaces in Toronto known as the PATH, was meant to bisect the floor plan programatically. The primary space is intended to accommodate a high volume of customers, and hosts the powder-coated service counter that sits directly adjacent to the entrance. This area is dressed in cool tones denoting efficiency and competence. The secondary space, located to the immediate right of the entrance, creates a sanctuary for those in need of respite, separating the seating area from commuter foot traffic by a wood-clad partition and plants. The warm materials and colours in this area compliment the rounded forms found throughout the space and invite a sense of cafe culture into what would otherwise be a utilitarian grab-and-go cafe.
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