This Japanese café is giving recycled materials a chance to shine. Designed by Schemata Architects / Jo Nagasaka, the DAY Café was designed and built in collaboration with the local community, which pitched in to construct chairs, tables, shelving, lamp shades, and more from found objects and recycled materials. Other rugged touches abound, like the cindeblock-enclosed kitchen and corrugated-metal ceiling with its exposed-steel cross-beams. The architects also used plywood liberally, as in the entrance (pictured below). We dig it!
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