Seeing is believing

THE See Cafe, recently launched in Kuala Lumpur, would be the first biophilic experience store in the country, offering a unique experience to Malaysians!

Signature Market, an online marketplace focused on selling natural and organic products, launched its flagship experience store, See Cafe, with a grand opening ceremony on July 15, 2022.

The cafe aims to provide a perfect place to take a break or get away from their hectic lifestyle and have a relaxing experience by bringing biophilic design elements (where humans can connect with nature), with the addition of plants in the interior decoration.

Perfect for relaxation

Located in Arcoris Mont Kiara, the aesthetically appealing cafe has an amazing space with delicious desserts, but it also has a surprise space – a hidden gem, Plant Origin’s Experience Store, the first-ever cafe with an aromatherapy room, featuring featured Signature Market’s sister brand. , Products of vegetable origin.

As you enter the two-story cafe, you will find that there is an abundance of natural light streaming through the huge glass doors and facade on both floors, and the cafe has a serene and peaceful ambience.

Inside the minimalist cafe, a coffee counter and dessert bar tempt us with sweet treats like macaroons,

On the same floor, there is a private area, which is hidden from view as it is located right next to the counter and covered with Japanese-style curtain panels, but inside there is a quiet personal work area and secluded, for those who want to sip a cup of freshly brewed coffee or work on their laptop.

Then there is the hidden experience store. Located just aft, behind the wood paneled wall design, the door to the Plant Origins experience opens onto a spa-like pebble walkway that leads to a cozy aromatherapy room, where products Plant Origin are on display.

Here, customers can benefit from a one-on-one aromatherapy session with the brand’s essential oils.

Customers can get a free massage along with in-depth information on the brands full product line, but must book an appointment online for the session.

The “Stairs of Abundance” are the most fascinating part of the cafe, a beautifully designed staircase with a variety of indoor plants like Monsterra leaves growing beside the stairs to symbolize the true meaning of abundance – the humans thrive best when they are in harmony with nature.

Stairs lead upstairs, where guests can log on to their laptops while enjoying the view outside or enjoy an art gallery featuring Lihua’s watercolor illustrations of fashionable women’s silhouettes .

On the same level, there is a special meeting or private workshop space with another huge work of art by Lihua.

Besides the relaxing indoor ambiance and outdoor dining area, surrounded by plants, See Cafe offers Instagrammable cakes, plant-based breakfasts, meals and delicious desserts such as The Blossom, The Mystery, The Aureate Tart, Match Tart and Single Origin Chocolate Ingot Cake.

The cafe serves specialty coffee crafted by baristas David Leong Wong Wai and Cino Lim of Barista Guild Asia, a coffee training center.

An enticing selection

Coffee is not only their specialty, but their inventive beverages; five refreshing mocktails are their signature.

Baristas have created 100% plant-based alcohol-free cocktails made with fermented fruit syrup, exclusively for coffee, such as “Muni Mocktail”, a combination of creamy and sparkling drink complemented by the freshness of lemon, thyme, plum and cherry tomatoes.

Biophilia and mental health

The brains behind the coffee are Edwin Wang and John Cheng, who are the co-founders of Signature Markets, and they are firm believers in healthy living.

Their intention of incorporating biophilic elements was to encourage mental and physical well-being.

“At Signature Market, we believe that a healthy lifestyle is about more than healthy eating and workouts.

This experimental store responds to our commitment to contribute to the environment and society. That’s why we’ve created a space designed to provide a calm and relaxing experience that includes dedicated private spaces that are perfect for a few hours of peaceful relaxation,” Wang said.

“We believe that nothing is more important than taking care of our mental health, so we hope that our customers, who visit the space, can take the opportunity to escape, disconnect and connect with their inner selves,” Wang added.

Cheng, who is also the interior designer, spoke exclusively to The Sun about the inspiration behind the cafe’s design.

He often travels to Japan, especially Tokyo, at least four to five times a year, and during his visit he was inspired by Japanese culture and cafes with quiet interiors, despite the busy streets outside. the fast moving city.

“Every time I go to Japan, I will have a different experience that inspires me,” he said.

However, in Malaysia, although there are so many commercial cafes in Malaysia, none quite like the ones I visited in Japan. “So I thought, why not design one myself?”

I wanted to provide a platform for Malaysians, although this business may not be very profitable.

Although it may not make money, I want to promote a concept that focuses on mental health and improves the lifestyle of Malaysians), allowing them to have fun and have a quiet time,” said he declared.

The inspiration for adding the aromatherapy room also came from her own experience in Japan.

Unlike some cafes, which display vendors’ products on a display, Cheng wanted to provide a whole new experience as the products are his own brand.