The Association is a coffee shop situated in the heart of London on Creechurch Lane, which takes pride in, and has been dedicated to, its coffee since opening in August 2012.
In addition to its range of coffee, The Association also offers a selection of teas, a wonderful assortment of cakes and a delicious array of sandwiches. Coffee bags are also for sale to customers, either as a whole bean or ground to order, and The Association even gives out advice for those who need help on their coffee selection.
The Association is an elegant coffee shop with a simple but effective design, making use of unpainted brick walls and a single long table – with smaller tables included – to give the shop a spacious appearance. The design was executed by architects Herbert Mason, whose speciality is using simplicity to embrace the fundamental problem of space.
Discussing their involvement with The Association, a spokesperson for Herbert Mason said:
“It’s great to be given the opportunity to be involved and participate in a new endeavour for a client who is ultimately committed to offering great quality products.”
Some of the excellent quality food which is available at The Association is a variety of pastries, healthy homemade breakfast options, an assortment of hot and cold drink options for those uninterested in coffee, and delicious prepared baguettes including a Brie & Tomato option.
The Association is a humble 75m2 which has been adapted previously by a number of different tenants, however, the decision was made to strip the building back to its base form and add new doors, framing and glazing. The ambition of the client in wanting to investigate and remove the layers led to the team finding 25m2 of more usable space, access to more natural daylight and a way to connect the street to the courtyard.
From the interior design of the coffee shop a beautiful long mosaic table is situated at the front of the shot and can also be seen from the outside. Beneath the table are chairs designed by Friso Kramer a famous 1950’s designer, whilst other tables can be seen alongside the shops walls with a couple of stools placed directly in front of the counter. The exterior is fashioned in a professional shade of gray with an excellent view in to the coffee shop itself.
In the one year that The Association has been open it is already recognised as one of the best independent coffee shops in London, signified by their inclusion in the Cafe Guide to London and their involvement with the Coffee’s Festival 2013.
The main contractor of The Association, Sunbeam Group, specialise in shop fitting and interior fit-out works, bespoke Joinery and metalwork fabrication. The company undertakes all on-site general building works and sub-contractor appointments and co-ordination.
Commenting on their involvement with The Association, Jack Morrison of Sunbeam Group, said:
“Sunbeam relished the opportunity to be involved with this creative and thoughtfully designed project. A close working relationship with the design team and client was required to successfully deliver a high level of detail and finish, combined with the use of reclaimed materials.”
Herbert Mason’s involvement with The Association has not only given them a new found interest in coffee, it has also made the company look at their own base of operations.
Commenting, a spokesperson for Herbert Mason, said:
“We enjoyed working in London so much we are currently organising an office to enable us to continue working in London.”
The future will soon hold another coffee shop, which is currently being finalised, offering a new and exciting concept for Londoners. The concept will be to find new and distinct spaces or places, to bring an exceptional coffee experience to the city so they can learn and enjoy the beverage or simply just drink great quality coffee.
For more information on The Association, please visit: www.associationcoffee.com.