haldane martin's swan cafe, a contemporary take on a traditional parisian creperie

haldane martin's swan cafe, a contemporary take on a traditional parisian creperie

south africa-based designer haldane martin reveals ‘swan cafe’, a traditional parisian crêperie transformed into a contemporary spot. inspired by the graceful and mysterious creature mentioned in the title, the interior features the color palette of the french flag and processed paintings of leonardo da vinci.

images by micky hoyle



martin’s cafe maintains the elegant and atmospheric french flair — the flag’s white, blue, and red are used in the details of the furniture design, as well as in the waiters’ uniform. contributing to the subtle notes are the paintings of leonardo da vinci and jean-léon gérôme — the oval feminine shapes on nude bathing with swans are turned into monochromatic white-and-blue wallpapers spreading all over the walls.



the furniture, such as marble tables and bespoke chairs, repeats forms of the traditional french bistros, while the linear benches along the walls keep the warm and welcoming feel. vintage lights made of copper and brass hung throughout the space are accompanied by orange-colored birdcages of different shapes, which match with the brand identity.



the bar is clad with blue feather-shaped ceramic tiles, while the concrete floors are broken by hexagons with white and blue swans. the utilities are hidden behind perforated blue plates under the ceiling.








haldane martin in swan cafe



project info:


interior design by haldane martin: haldane martin
photography: micky hoyle
press release: one day company
graphic design: heidi chisholm
wallpaper: cara saven
tiles: de kleipot
upholstery: leon @ 219
feature lights: hoi p’loy
shopfitting: woodspec
catering equipment: jag
signage: dowd signage, long life lettering and matco


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: maria erman | designboom

  • BRILLIANT!! Every aspect is beautifully functional, interesting, functional and all blend to together in a creative harmony!

    beachcomber says:

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