I love Café Kino!
After that first lively thought, others began to flow and I began to visualise a business card, then the words on the back of it. As the minutes elapsed in my half-sleepy state, what began to take shape in my mind was a new design project to explore and try to understand the tangible social value created by a very special community Café in the heart of Bristol’s cultural quarter, Stokes Croft.
What made this project timely was the realisation that the new Café Kino may not be able to recreate the same intimate social experience and atmospheric character of the original, once it had moved to its brand-spanking-new premises, just a few paces down the road.
Later that day I decided I would call in to propose a small co-design project to try and capture the essential spirit of the Café Kino experience. After all, this is where I had often found a welcome distraction from my tireless work creating my firstService Design agency, servicejunkie, most of which happens in my home studio, just two or three minutes away.
Café Kino is something of an enigma, its intimacy, its quirkiness, its engaging young staff, its ‘magic’ formula for salad dressing, its curly fries and deliciously vegan ‘Kino burgers’. This folks, is something really special to discover when in an eclectic, but tightly-knit community of graffiti artists, writers, designers, students, hippies, social entrepreneurs and Stokes Croft’s homeless citizens.
©2010 richard louis arnott