Photography: Rhona McDade
The Roastery in Porthleven, Cornwall, is the new home to Origin Coffee’s two Loring Smart roasters, a cafe, pop-up food space, and the heartbeat of their operations. Our vintage lights including our Reclaimed German cargo ship lights, Airfield taxiway lights and Vintage industrial fluorescent lighting have been utilised throughout.
We are thrilled to be working with B-Corp certified Origin again on a third project, following their Cornish outpost 'The Warehouse' next door to us here in Penryn and their Southwark location in London, also featuring our vintage industrial lights.
With interior design by Megan Sadler, The Roastery has a minimal industrial style softened with planting and natural wood elements including the tables and chairs. It’s a clean and open space, retaining cosy corners whilst offering full transparency of their roastery operations visible through glass windows behind the counter.
Alongside barista training, QC and technical facilities, The Roastery has a sit-in cafe where visitors can enjoy food and drink whilst viewing the roasters in action. Here two of our Vintage industrial fluorescent lighting illuminate the counter and barista machines below. The lights have been sensitively restored by hand by our team and have been updated to accept modern LED fixtures.
Speaking about the project and the lighting, Megan said the fluorescent lights were chosen as a feature over the bar “both for their aesthetics and story; being reclaimed from an old factory in the Midlands. All the lights were chosen for their original cast maker’s marks and manufacturer’s detailing – I love this expression of where pieces have come from.”
Embracing Origin’s sustainable ethos, Megan utilised “reclaimed and second-hand pieces where possible. The German cargo ship wall lights were chosen for the office breakout spaces, because of industrial yet refined style, which worked with the aesthetic we wanted to create”.
In keeping with the clean, minimalistic, and industrial interiors our Airfield taxiway lights were also added as a last nod to the industrial purpose of the building - these lights are also installed in the Origin’s Southwark cafe.
Megan continues: “The airfield taxiway lights have a similar language to the cargo ship wall lights (both have prismatic glass), and they create a beautiful lighting effect for the stair lobby leading to the office space.”