Located in Chicago’s vibrant food scene, Moloko is a dessert bar specializing in sumptuous pastries and cakes, served alongside artisanal drinks for a discerning, diverse crowd.

Rethinking The Future Awards 2020
First Award | Retail (Interior) (Concept)

Project Name: Moloko Milk Bar
Studio Name: Earles Architects and Associates
Design Team: Project Manager AJ Finn and Architectural Associates Tim Nguyen and Isabel (Isa) Moreno-Garcia
Area: IN2b: Retail (Interior) (Concept)
Year: 2019
Location: Chicago, IL

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Moloko features various seating and dining options for the patron’s preference in social interaction. Each custom piece is a study in soft geometry, balanced with luxurious, honest materiality, such as the Tesoro Blue marble tables set upon smoked glass blown pedestals in the front of the dining room. A bespoke 16 seat bar height dining table constructed from Bianco Lasa Vena Oro Marble runs the length of the dining room, detailed with delicately rounded edges and brass details.

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Flanking the end of the dining room is an impactful banquette, finished with a brass surround, Hermes wallpaper, and a mirrored back to offer to expand views of the space. All of the seating is upholstered in luxurious Holland and Sherry Velvets in deep colorways, adding a youthful, refined ambiance to the space. Operable glass doors create opportunities for patrons to eat outdoors on the travertine floored dining area lined in lush boxwoods.

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Designed with the creative, cooking process in mind, the kitchen reflects a residential atmosphere as if watching a friend cook. The darker color palette of the kitchen, with its painted cabinetry and custom oil-rubbed bronze hood, creates an intimate stage for patrons to view their food’s creation.

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The front of the house display case is grounded in quarter-sewn oak and a tiled backsplash created from stones in the same colors as the seating. Moloko welcomes any and all Millennials to their next favorite hangout destination. Social media photo ops plentiful within.


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