Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? In an incredibly decorated Russian coffee shop, the answer is a bit of both.
Café Bw, whose interior is designed to mimic a two-dimensional cartoon world, allows its 3D customers to enter the pages of their own black and white comic and thus become part of the art.
“The idea came up to create a place that was interesting mainly on the inside, of course, with good coffee,” said Bw creator and owner Solon. My modern meeting.
The coffee’s stylized two-dimensional renderings of everything from cats, cacti, and clothes drying on a line, to a full-size flat piano, make up perfect backgrounds for Instagram-worthy photos.
“Our customers have been delighted!” Solon told MMM. “People deliberately come to us to take unusual photographs. Our employees are also delighted with the work and some even waited months for vacancies to open. “
Bw has locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but it’s not the only place offering fantasy fans a two-dimensional dining experience.
In Seoul, at Café Yeonnam-dong 223-14 (a tribute to the Korean TV show, W, whose “IRL” and webtoon protagonists move between the two worlds), it’s the clientele who put the “anime” in the anime atmosphere of the bistro.
Of course, for anyone who came of age in the 1980s, this particular “toontastic” mix of dimensions is already a familiar part of the pop culture landscape.
When MTV was about music, one of their most-watched videos was the iconic a-ha. Face me, where a boy and a girl meet, fall in love, and fight baddies on both sides of the divide between the comic and the real world.
Like their 21st century counterparts, Face me It’s set in a coffee shop, which leaves us wondering, does too much caffeine lead to comic book fantasies, or does life really mimic art?
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