When you have a studio full of creative makers doing their crafty thing, it’s only a matter of time before their imagination and passion for improving and refining things leads to some modifications to the kitchen. Things snowballed at the FRONT operation in San Francisco, and before long the space had developed to such an extent that they pulled up the studio’s metal shutters and opened the kitchen up to the paying public.
The FRONT coffee shop and kitchen on Mississippi Street is part of a design studio that occupies a re-purposed warehouse, with the retail part taking over the loading dock area and extending onto the street with outdoor benches. Original windows in the double-height main area, plus the lack of front wall with the shutter up, means there’s loads of light. The industrial setting has been given a laboratory feel, through the use of scientific glassware, that reflects FRONT’s commitment to precision — from roasting and grinding methods to the exact sourcing of beans. FRONT also runs Taste Workshop an experimental evolving programme of events based around an exploration of food and drink preparation, design and philosophy.