New Joburg coffee shop designed as symbolic love letter to a mother

There’s a new espresso and pátiserrie bar in town – more specifically in the east of Joburg, and it’s called Dear Maria - conceptualised by designer and illustrator Daniel Ting Chong. It takes its name from a mother who loved her son more than he could ever know.

“We pour into every cup a love that only Maria could give,” goes the shop’s first post on Instagram.

“The name derives from the client dedicating the establishment to his mother, Maria,” says award-winning creative Daniel who studied graphic design at Vega School and has worked with international brands including Nike, New York Times and Puma.

The bar is a symbolic written letter to Maria, which is the driving thought that has been developed in the branding assets and is symbolized through the use of a stamp.

I worked with my wife, Samantha Shan, to conceptualise and develop the interior space. In further dedication to the client’s mother. Samantha conceptualised a space that is raw in materiality, while retaining a sense of homeliness that feels ‘lived in’ but modern.

Daniel Ting Chong, designer and illustrator

To complement the colours derived from the brand identity, the material palette is centred around the use of raw reclaimed timber and speckled terrazzo. The terrazzo is featured in the custom made countertops that has embedded within it the colours aligned with the brand

Daniel Ting Chong, designer and illustrator

Visit dearmariacafe.com for more details.


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