KARA Café and Dessert Bar

KARA Café & Dessert Bar is envisioned as a welcoming space for warm encounters.

The all-day dining outlet replaced the flagship Sogurt shop—by the same owner—on Bukit Timah Road in Singapore.

Due to budgetary constraints, the interior design was an exercise in ‘creative hacking’ of the previous store—for example, refinishing the base of the booth seats and the counter, and shifting things around to create a new layout.

To reach the health-conscious foodies, while retaining its regular client base, the store’s former bright pink palette has been swapped for more sophisticated tones, depicting the shift towards natural ingredients in the menu.

With a mix of muted pink, pale earth wood tones and copper accents, the space provides a calm canvas upon which new encounters may be etched.

Steeping through the door arches, one enters a world of tropical foliage and imaginary creatures designed in collaboration with local artist Mark Wee.

Due to the typical longish shophouse layout, the only source of natural light stems from the main entrance doors. Hence, a series of elliptical wall mirrors invites daylight deep into the space, creating a bright, airy atmosphere.

Curved copper pipe light fittings overhead are a nod towards the company’s redesigned logo, which suggests an open arch door as well as a heart.

Project Name: KARA Café and Dessert Bar
Location: 617, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore
Completion Date: May 2017
Project Site Area: 1,200 square feet
Interior Design Firm: Quarters Studio Pte Ltd
Principal Designer: Felicia Toh
Interior Fit-Out Contractor: Q Design
Images: Felicia Toh, Quarters Studio Pte Ltd