Space Case: Gypsy Cup

Madison RutherfordJanuary 11, 2023
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Gypsy Cup closed its doors as this issue went to press, but you can experience House of Form’s design work at other local establishments like The Rose Garden and CALA. 

When Gypsy Cup owner Linsay Smith sat down with House of Form owner and principal designer Dala Al-Fuwaires and lead interior designer Jillian Kelley to formulate a plan for her nascent coffee shop and cocktail lounge, they were doing much more than deciding if the chairs should be sage or chartreuse.

Color scheme and cohesiveness were certainly part of the conversation, but the Scottsdale design firm’s main goal is to “get to know[the client] so we can design a space that reflects who they are,” Al-Fuwaires says. 

She adds that their vision for the space, which is inspired by Parisian cafes and quaint patios in Amsterdam, was to strike a balance between approachability and mystique. They executed this through “subtle but significant” details such as repetitive motifs and materials. “We wanted every moment to have a moment.”

Gypsy Cup

50 W. Vaughn Ave., Gilbert

Photography by Kevin Brost
Photography by Kevin Brost
Photo by Angelina Aragon
Photo by Angelina Aragon

1. Lighting Fixtures
These brass-accented bulbs serve as a decorative daytime feature and a subdued light source after dark. 

2. Floral Arrangements
As a subtle nod to the flower stands that populate European streets, vases featuring dried pampas and palm fronds mingle with verdant potted plants on tables, windowsills and shelves. 

3. Tile
The bold black-and-white tile running from the café’s front entrance to the bar was created to mimic a catwalk.

4. Bar Shelves
Staggered cane and wood shelves behind the bar add natural texture and contrast to the sleek space, serving as a “visual aid and playing with heights and forms that are a little different than everything else.”  

5. Table
This custom-designed table featuring a stain-resistant quartz surface accommodates community seating and large parties.


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