The New Orleans Starbucks Looks Like an Old-Fashioned Pharmacy

 - Dec 11, 2013
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This New Orleans Starbucks location is setting a design example for coffee brands across the nation. Taking inspiration from the city's history as a former coffee trading port and the city's unique identity, the design team put together a Starbucks that looks more like an apothecary in the early 19th century.

From the store's visual aesthetics, the tenuous amount of detail the designers of the store went to in recreating the store space is evident. The front room features floor-to-ceiling shelves with a large coffee bar in front. The seating area is also extremely detailed, resembling the atmosphere of a former merchant's living room with vintage couches, chairs and comfortable sofas.

Starbucks' designers also involved local artists in the project to reflect the creative artistry and culture of New Orleans. Local artists David Borgerding and Jason Horton built chandeliers made of wrought iron gates, vintage horn instruments, which work to tell the history of New Orleans old coffee trading port.