KOKAK Chocolate Shop

Studio BANAA used patterned lines and eclectic tiles to design KOKAK Chocolate Shop, a brick and mortar store that’s just as delectably different as the treats it sells in San Francisco.

  • area / size 800 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Chocolatier Carol Gancia brings her Philippino heritage to her chocolate. And we knew the space for her first brick and mortar store needed to be just as delectably different as the treats themselves. So we delved into the structure of the cocoa bean – from its core, up through the layers surrounding, to the branches from which it is plucked.

    Inspired by the complexity of this raw ingredient, we designed an intricate space, layered with interaction points and wayfinding cues. A wave of seating winds organically around the perimeter, counter space lets visitors interact with the chocolate-making process, and further space encourages blissing out under the spell of the cocoa bean with its southeast Asian twist.

    Design: Studio BANAA
    Design Team: Dane Bunton, Nastaran Mousavi
    Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama