If you live in Boston you know Flour Bakery. Pastry chef proprietor Joanne Chang (half of the husband/wife duo Myers & Chang in SoWa and James Beard award winner), just opened her fifth and sixth locations, Harvard Square and Cambridgeport (soft opening was yesterday). The next outpost is coming soon to Dalton Street just behind the Pru.
Designer extraordinaire Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design has been collaborating closely with both Joanne Chang and her husband/business partner Christopher Myers on the trio of new cafés, which are being built by Cafco Construction Management (also responsible for Row 34 and other area hotspots).
Last week Alina sent along these photos of Flour Bakery Harvard Square shot by the ever lovely Joyelle West, along with some design notes. Alina says, “We took a slight departure in terms of design but still maintained the integrity of Flour’s handmade feel.” Let’s have a look.
The signature communal table—each Flour Bakery has one— is in the front of the space along the curved window.
The communal table was custom fabricated by Boston-based studo FKIA. The walnut tabletop sits on a vintage Eames table base. Eames molded plastic dowel leg side chairs surround the table. The Tam Tam chandelier by Marset is from SoWa furniture showroom Casa Design.
The playful hex floor tiles meet the concrete with a jagged edge. Alina says, “They act as sort of a guide for the flow of the queue.” The white small hex mosaic wall tiles are also done with a jagged edge. IC Lights S Pendants by Michael Anastassiades for Flos hang over the counter. Cafe tables (you can see one in the background) have Carrara-like Silestone tops and bistro chairs from Casa Design.
The Flour logo cut into the stained, cerused quarter sewn oak millwork of the sandwich counter features an antiqued brass yolk of Flour logo and have that spilling onto the floor using antiqued brass.
The cement floor tiles are Popham by Ann Sacks. Alina loves their patina.
Photos by Joyelle West
Flour Bakery, 18 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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