Beauty in the Details

There is a hum, a hustle and bussle that fills the space within the walls of Diesel. A heavy aroma of coffee, music in the background, the tiny sounds that mugs and plates make as they are lifted and placed on tables are all apparent. It is in the air, an environment, a constant moving engine, combustible energy exuded by the staff, our customers, and our machines.

There is a routine, everyone has one, even the cafe itself… the sun rises, a manager arrives to open the door and wake Diesel up, get her ready for the day… a line forms, coffee is brewed and poured, customers shuffle out the doors and are onto their commutes, and so on and so on. I wanted to write a post to focus on some of the details of Diesel, ones that may be overlooked from day to day, but by large make Diesel what it is, contribute that little something, that makes us, well us.

 

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Antique reclaimed barn wood from Longleaf Lumber in Cambridge, MA.

 

A coffee table that Tucker designed & built, it once lived in the back of the cafe near the couches. It now resides in the offices of Diesel.

A coffee table that Tucker Lewis, co-owner, designed & built, it once lived in the back of the cafe near the couches. It now resides in the offices of Diesel.

 

Detail shot of table, with compartments and hidden treasures.

Detail shot of table, with compartments and hidden treasures.

 

Hand crafted planters, designed and built by Diesel alum, Kaisa. (k. dille design, Chicago, IL.)

Hand crafted planters, designed and built by Diesel alum, Kaisa. (k. dille design, Chicago, IL.)

 

Tucker's shout out to Al, a long time Diesel regular, and train enthusiast.

Tucker’s shout out to Al, a long time Diesel regular and train enthusiast.

 

Felisia, one of Diesel's art curators as well as a barista here, does hand lettering and menu board art for us.

Felisia, Diesel art curator & barista, does a lot of the hand lettering and menu board art.

 

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Jen Park, one of the co-owners, has been hand lettering items for Diesel since it opened in 1999.

Jen Park, one of the co-owners, has been hand lettering items for Diesel since it opened in 1999.

 

parkylettering

 

tucker

To learn more about:

k. dille designs, Chicago, IL

Longleaf Lumber, Cambridge, MA

 

 

 

2 Comments On “Beauty in the Details”

  1. I miss those tables from “the early years!” Have thought of building some for our house recently

    • Jesse you should! Some CA based artist posted online once that they were inspired by that very coffee table that Tucker built in the back of Diesel and was re-creating it and selling it at west coast flea markets…a true compliment.

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