BW Kafe is an unusual looking café, with venues in Moscow and Saint Petersburg that look like the setting of A-ha’s famous “Take on Me” video.
BW Kafe made international headlines for the first time last year when photos of the St. Petersburg branch went viral on the Internet. The interior of the café, designed by the Russian artist Anfisa Toshina, looks like drawn with charcoal on white paper and creates the illusion that you are the only 3D “object” in a two-dimensional world. It’s a pretty nice trick, but one that might seem oddly familiar to you if you’ve been on the internet for the past two years …
This whole coloring book concept is actually nothing new. It was first introduced in South Korea by the designers at Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20, but has since been copied by other entrepreneurs who wanted to capitalize on the design’s popularity. We saw similar eateries in Japan a few years ago, now in Russia, and I’ll bet there are dozens more around the world, not to mention the official Cafe Yeonman outlets.
Although it looks like a copy of Cafe Yeonnam-dong 239-20, it’s done pretty well, and for Europeans who can’t visit the South Korean cafe, it’s a chance to enjoy a cup of coffee in a 2D world, or get more material for your Instagram.
For more unusual looking cafes check out this quirky unicorn cafe and Vietnam’s unique flooded cafe.