KACTUS
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KACTUS

4Space Interior Design as Designers

Kactus is a contemporary café in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s energetic capital, Riyadh. 4SPACE has designed this eatery in highly Instagrammable colours of vintage pinks and greens. The textures and fabrics used to create interest are oak, steel, leather, terrazzo, bold curved mirrors, a wall full of  letters,  and  plenty  of  cacti.  The  café  is  an  expression of  international  and  contemporary lifestyles that celebrate youthfulness and culinary abundance. Kactus is an impressive 230 square metres of glorious space that nods to the 1950s and cleverly blended with industrial touches with corrugated wooden walls and clever pipe lighting.

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Project brief
The client’s brief was simple. They wanted Kactus to look bright, fun, lively, quirky, inviting and comfortable. The use of various textures allows a sense of depth and discovery to keep diners coming back to their favourite city spot. Cactus plants are used throughout the design and are the central focus of desert biophilic living.

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Concept
Kactus has a modern, chic,  tasteful, and contemporary design and was wholly inspired by  the fascinating xerophytes. The cactus is a collection of interesting plants that have adapted to live in extreme conditions and harsh environments. Cacti are found in arid, hot deserts across the world. Xerophytes have curious, almost animated features to prevent water loss, including thick, fleshy leaves  covered in waxy,  spiky  and  hairy  coatings. Kactus  allows  patrons  to  connect  to  nature within  a  city  environment.  4SPACE  has  paid  attention  to  the  unique  requirements  of  desert biophilic design to create a refreshing atmosphere. Think baby-boomer years in Saguaro National Park  and  towering  green  desert  sentinels  that  pepper  endless landscapes under  flushed  pink skies.

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Various design elements
4SPACE has highlighted an open ceiling concept with beams, hanging plants, and linear lighting at the mezzanine level. The walls and ceiling are kept clean and white and provide an unadorned backdrop  for  strong  accent  colours.  A  seemingly  haphazardly  placed  lens  mirror  installation provides a  central  focus.  Clever  placement  of  a  pink  vending  machine  door,  the  expansive crossword wall and cacti of various heights, shapes and sizes provide a beautifully screwball vibe.

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About the execution
4SPACE carefully selected expert artisans to fit out Kactus; they communicated frequently with their contractors to ensure a snag-free delivery.

About the ambience
Bright, fun, lively, quirky, inviting, comfy and minimalist.

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Challenges overcome
The pandemic gave 4SPACE various challenges to overcome. Long-distance communication was necessary  to manage contractors in Saudi Arabia.  International product deliveries were also a challenge due to reduced shipping and logistics.

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Unique features
Various fun features throughout Kactus encourage interaction and provide clever illusions and photographic  opportunities  for social media platforms. The mirror-clad ceilings create playful reflections whilst the crossword wall allows patrons to find their names in the pools of letters on the walls. Neon cacti lights adorn the walls of the café. The café entrance is designed as a pink vending machine door that provides an element of excitement and joy upon arrival.

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Material selection
4SPACE  has  chosen  multi-texture  materials  and  used  polished  oakwood,  steel,  leather,  and terrazzo  throughout.  The  colours  chosen  are  calm  vintage  hues  of  pink  and  green.  Various complementary-coloured neon signs adorn  the walls, and  verdant plans hang  fluidly  from  the beamed ceilings.

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Furniture chosen
Furniture is minimalistic, and much has been taken from the 'interiors 360' collection. Two handcrafted  banquette  seating  arrangements  are  shaped  like  oversized  bunny-ears  cacti in  pink leather.

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The standout of this project and why
Kactus provides an inclusive and fun setting for people from diverse, multicultural backgrounds. The  contemporary  and  ultra-modern  design  encourages  interaction  between  people  and  on social media. The eye-catching  façade and  retro  branding which was designed by  the 4SPACE branding team is a significant statement on a busy sand-coloured Riyadh street.

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Material Used :
1. Interior 360 - Furniture
2. The rest was done custom and locally....

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