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Built for Caffeine by Ben Crawford
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"I want you to have this book, because you'll love it."
5 stars"

A cafe is my favourite space and as Ben travels New Zealand, taking us through the doors and into the heart of each of the 20 cafes that make up the careful selection of spaces in Built for Caffeine, he introduces us not only to that place you didn’t know about but also the people behind the concept, and through each page you get the feeling that you’re getting to know some very cool, very inspired Kiwis.

Ben captures the essence of each of the spaces beautifully, telling and showing us why, so often, our most loved cafes feel like an extension of home. With each cafe, you see and read of possibility and how a little imagination goes a very long way to making something stand out as special. Ben lends you his imagination too and his excitement is infectious, encouraging you to take it one step further and think beyond your design safe place. It becomes an easy thing to envisage how you can bring the essence of these spaces into your own.

He also has, it turns out, a bit of a naughty sense of humour that sneaks onto the pages every now and again, just to check you’ve had as much caffeine as he has, and you’re still awake.

It’s an excellent feeling to pick up a book you’ve been looking forward to, and finding it even better than you’d hoped. One of my favourite things about Built for Caffeine is how you feel like you’ve been introduced to each cafe, drawn into each space, by a good mate in the know. It’s as though you’re there, sharing a coffee with Ben, and he’s right at your shoulder pointing here and there at the details, convincing you that the thing your hallway needs is a giant painting of a cartoon man in a bunny mask riding a banana (it really does. Really).

It’s a book that will live on my coffee table for a long while because I love to pick it up, especially over a coffee, and go through its pages, or see what variations of an idea it’s sparked, are scattered amongst its pages. And I do have ideas. Far too many ideas, and a list of favourite spaces that I need to see in the flesh.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Inspiring Images and Stories"
5 stars"

Love this book! Stunning photography and an inspiring read. Love Ben's witty way with words and his creative ideas on how to bring interesting cafe designs into our own homes. Each time you pick it up you find new creative, innovative and simple ways to transform your own home from the inside out. Highly recommend gift idea for everyone!! :)

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
"Great gift!"
5 stars"

Super book covering some of NZ's most beautiful cafes. Use it as an eating out and architecture guide. Perfect gift for Christmas – I'm going to send it to friends and family abroad so they can see what they're missing out on from home!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Built For Caffeine by Ben Crawford is a must have for any DIY-er or aspiring interior designer. Focusing on 20 of the country’s unique cafés, Crawford captures their beautiful and innovative interiors.

This inspirational book shows readers how to take elements of these stunning designs and bring them into their own space.

  • Full of home design inspiration adapted from the creative elements of twenty amazing cafés from around New Zealand.
  • Over 60 practical ideas for home improvement projects.
  • Discover different approaches to home renovation or building told through the stories of the owners, designers and architects of each café.
  • Written and photographed by The Block NZ 2012 winner and NZ Herald design columnist Ben Crawford.
  • Contains more than 400 full colour images.
Release date NZ
November 15th, 2013
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour photographs
Beatnik Publishing
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