Photo by Ray Kachatorian.
When Patti Peck first took over the Village Coffee Shop, she commissioned Architect Barbara Bestor’s firm, Bestor Architecture, to give the newly renamed Beachwood Cafe a more contemporary, updated look. Bestor’s whimsical makeover transformed the coffee shop’s rustic, Holly Hobbyesque interior into a bright space featuring a floor of bold yellow and blue pyramid-shaped tiles, art wallpaper by Geoff McFetridge, Noguchi ball pendant lights, and eccentric diorama art by Clare Crespo. To retain the coffee shop’s cozy warmth, Bestor kept a number of the original features including exposed knotty pine structural elements, notched and scallop-edged wood, the long counter, and several vintage tables. The resulting interior is a fun, stylish and flexible community-friendly space – perfect for a casual snack and coffee, brunch with friends, as well as romantic candlelight dining. Bestor’s work with Beachwood Cafe earned a 2012 AIA Restaurant Design Award.
Bestor Architecture is a Los Angeles-based modern architecture firm, founded in 1995 by architect Barbara Bestor. The office is collaborative and produces design that navigates between popular culture, art, and architecture. Recent projects include custom houses, art environments, collaborative installations and graphics, and commercial spaces, as well as the book, Bohemian Modern; Living in Silver Lake (Harper Collins, 2006). The office engages Southern California as both the site and subject of architectural and cultural production to create contemporary environments.