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Ste Marie evokes "old-world Italian charm" in Vancouver's Caffè La Tana

Posted on 19 April, 2018 by Piper
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The owners of this weathered and cosy Italian cafe in Vancouver, designed by local studio Ste Marie, imagine it as a den for their pet fox.

Caffè La Tana is a dimly lit restaurant with muted green interiors in Vancouver's Little Italy neighbourhood.

Caffe La Tana by Ste Marie

The cafe's name La Tana loosely translates from Italian to "the den". Aspects of the interiors were chosen as if they could be the home of the restaurant owner's beloved fox, Savio, which also informed

"Our vision was to create a space that encapsulated the grocers and cafes in Italy during the 19th century, having that old-world Italian charm when you walked through its doors and imbuing a sense of familiarity, charm and comfort," added Cheung.

The eatery is wrapped with sage green walls and matching banquette seating. There are also slabs of dark green marble and black-and-white chequerboard tile flooring.

Project credits:

Creative director: Craig Stanghetta
Design lead: Carmen Chung
Brand and graphic design: Glasfurd & Walker
Art direction and styling: Kate Richard with Conrad Brown, Glasfurd and Walker with Ian Lanterman
Custom painted tile mural: James Daviduk
Custom artwork: Kate Richard for Ste.Marie
Antiques and objects: Scott Landon
Hand-painting and gold leaf work: Seen Signs
Construction: Chris Lloyd Contracting

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