Blue Table Chocolate Shop, Buffalo, NY, NY Real Estate, Home Design

Blue Table Chocolate Shop in Buffalo, NY

27 June 2024

Design: Arch&Type

Location: Buffalo, New York, USA

Blue Table Chocolate Shop Buffalo NY

Photos: Kim Smith Photo

Blue Table Chocolate Shop, NY

The latest collaboration between local architects and artisan chocolatier, Ben Johnson, has resulted in the transformation of a 780-square-foot space into a new workshop and retail space in Buffalo, New York. This ambitious project involved a diverse team of local craftsmen, designers, student interns, the firm owner’s family, University at Buffalo colleagues, and contractors.

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Inspired by an image of golden, silky, and flowing untempered chocolate, the design team digitally modeled a ceiling comprised of CNC-milled, hand-assembled, painted pieces. This voluptuous surface, visible through the front window, invites customers into the space, drawing their eyes toward the lime-washed walls and white-oak millwork. Custom-made mirrored displays present the chocolate as art in a gallery, while a frameless plaster door with a brass base blends seamlessly into the walls, focusing attention on the workshop areas where community classes and production occur.

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Despite limited resources, the design elevates a generic space into a chocolate celebration through atypical expertise. The custom millwork was a collaboration between the architect’s father, a skilled craftsman and chemist, and one of the firm’s designers. Student interns at the University’s digital fabrication lab utilized robotic precision and handcraft to create the cascading golden ceiling. Buffalo Niagara Weldworks, masters of metal, contributed their artistry to mirrored display dishes and brass detailing, working closely with architects and contractors.

This project exemplifies the power of local collaboration and innovative design practices. The result is a space that, while distinctly Buffalo, defies the traditional architectural elements of the region. A large, dedicated team employed a blend of digital and physical methods to turn a shared vision into reality, celebrating both chocolate and architectural craft.

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Blue Table Chocolate Shop in Buffalo, New York – Building Information

Architecture & Design: Arch&Type – (Seth Amman and Adam McCullough)
Location: 799 Seneca St Suite D-1, Buffalo, NY 14210

Client: Blue Table Chocolates (Ben Johnson)
Millwork Fabrication: McCullough Design and Mark Amman
Parametric 3D Modeling: Mariella Hirschoff
Parametric Programming: Dan Vrana and Wade Georgi (University at Buffalo) Parametric Tile Fabrication (University at Buffalo Students): Mariella Hirschoff, Naiara Mares, Raul Nieto, Tavian Swick, Fazal Khan, Jonathan Reyes, John Archilla Parametric Tile Fabrication Location: University at Buffalo, School of Architecture SMART Lab
Metal Fabrication: Buffalo Niagara Weldworks
Building Owner: Larkin Development Group at Millrace Commons
General Contractor: Pike Construction Services
Bespoke Lighting: Tala

Photography: © 2022 Kim Smith @kimsmithphoto

About Arch&Type
Arch&Type creates spaces rooted in their clients’ narratives by blending creative strategies with building traditions. Based in Buffalo, NY, their architectural studio is dedicated to crafting designs that promote social connection, ecological balance, and neighborhood contribution. The Studio’s small, casual, yet highly committed team focuses on revitalizing urban and rural spaces for those seeking beauty and sustainability in their environments.

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Photography: Kim Smith Photo

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