Stammtisch A table in a bar reserved for regular customers

The word Stammtisch is German. A Stammtisch is both a group of people, who meet regularly in a bar or restaurant, as well as the large table, around which the group gathers. Stammtisch tables are reserved for regular customers at which they hold friendly get-togethers. There are various types of Stammtisch groups. People may gather … Continue reading Stammtisch A table in a bar reserved for regular customers

Conversational space

If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll lose a lot of innovation and the magic that’s sparked by serendipity. So we designed the building to make people get out of their offices and mingle in the central atrium with people they might not otherwise see. Credit: Steve Jobs [Status: stub – I plan to write … Continue reading Conversational space

The Enlightenment Coffeehouses * I’d love to see the return of these old coffeehouses

Modern day coffee shops such as the likes of Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffè Nero have their roots in the coffeehouses of  17th and 18th century London, but those old coffeehouses were quite unlike the establishments we know and love today. A Brief History of Coffee Coffee originated in Ethiopia in the 10th Century, reached … Continue reading The Enlightenment Coffeehouses * I’d love to see the return of these old coffeehouses