Caffe Ladro’s new location in downtown Kirkland provides lovers of Seattle coffee a modern and inviting outpost to the North. Ladro is nestled on the central promenade of Kirkland Urban, a brand-new mixed-use development featuring a variety of retail, housing, and office uses. Caffe Ladro is designed to engage its surroundings, with a large glass storefront that welcomes passing pedestrians (as well as abundant natural light) into the space.
Our design maximizes the potential of Ladro's 800-square-feet, managing to make it feel both like a cozy neighborhood coffee shop and a gracious and airy urban oasis. The interior façade opens to the adjacent office lobby and seating area, inviting access and activation. The material palette is sleek, tactile, and approachable, warmly contrasting the surrounding glass and steel building. Geometric planes of birch and walnut shelving and cabinets stretch behind the back bar, and a freestanding birch and walnut stepped retail display orients visitors through the center of the space. The front bar is monolithic white quartz, providing a clean horizontal emphasis. Ladro’s walls feature subtle two-tone paint, while green and blue subway tile brighten the bar backsplash. The interior’s warm wood tones are continued into the ceiling, where a trellis of floating beams breaks up the space’s verticality and creates a more comfortable sense of scale for the café's visitors.