When owner Susan Knabb took her made-to-order baked goods business out of her home kitchen and into a commercial one, she decided to add a retail component for selling her gourmet cupcakes and cookies. Designer James Frederick worked with Knabb on mixing the right design elements that were rich and vibrant – just like her treats – but still approachable. “We used basic materials that feel high-end,” says Frederick.
For example, the laminate cashwrap looks sculpted thanks to a mottled, luminescent finish that mimics the icing on the cakes. Vinyl flooring in a neapolitan-striped pattern underlies the bright space, which is accented with handmade ceramic earthenware light pendants and a blue woodgrain shelving unit. And a circular design language – from the logo and pink “candy button” dots on the walls to the pom-pom fringe on the custom window shades – provides a nice contrast to the angular cashwrap and citrus-colored ceiling soffit.
The Sweeterie, Cincinnati -- Susan Knabb, owner
Frederick Woods Design, Cincinnati -- James Frederick, owner/design principal; Joe Woods, designer; Mariel Westermeyer, materials specialist; Jenny Friedmann, project coordinator
McClorey & Savage Architects, Cincinnati
Outside Design Consultant
Cindy Kaer, Graphica, Dayton, Ohio (branding)
General Contractor, Custom Fixtures
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Abet Laminati, Englewood, N.J.
Formica Corp., Cincinnati
J. Schatz, Greene, N.Y.
Details, Dayton, Ohio
Designtex, New York