It is hard to get much smaller than Chris Porter’s 853 sf pie shop; especially when it houses a pie café, coffee bar and full commercial kitchen. Designing this space became an exercise of how much stuff can fit into a tiny footprint, and still leave room for the hungry hoards.
The result is a small, yet open, airy space with a sense of history; a place that reflects the homey nature of pie, without being campy. A framed wire-glass window wall allows patrons to watch the artisan bakers at work in the ‘theater kitchen,’ while open transom panels at the top encourages the heady scents of baking pie to envelope the entire space. The designers used durable, timeless materials that evoke a sense of history, but also feel clean and modern: white subway tile, concrete floors, end-grain walnut butcher block countertops and tables, period lighting, diamond-pattern wire glass, wood lath textured walls, steel panels and a hand chalked menu board.
Wherever possible, environmentally responsible choices were made, dovetailing with A la Mode’s commitment to using locally sourced and organic ingredients in their pies. This includes the iconic, end-grain butcher block pie counter and café table tops, which were fabricated from orchard salvaged black walnut harvested from non-producing trees in the Willamette Valley.
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A La Mode Doubles as Pie Shop and Community Center
November 23, 2011
First Place, 13th Annual Northwest Design Awards, Hospitality Category