REM Cafe and Croquet
Given recent history, both globally and individually, we needed one less serious thing in our collective lives. With that in mind we wanted to create a project with levity: fun to build, fun to staff, and something that doesn’t add weight to anyone's shoulders. We wanted to return to our roots by focusing on our craft as blacksmiths, and by creating something without deep meaning beyond our want to build art and a community gathering space. We also wanted to add a bit of humor and goofiness to the world. Goodness knows we all need it.
REM Cafe is a place of shared play, where all who participate are encouraged to take reality with a grain of “playa dust.” We want to invite people to be kids again, to feel the whimsy and possibilities of their imagination in a playful space. REM Cafe is a platform for peoples’ imaginations, an inviting space, and a collaborative environment for friends, families and strangers to engage with and enjoy together.
REM Cafe and Croquet! Do your feet hurt? Come sit at our funky tables! Are you cold? We have lots of fire to keep you warm! Feeling cold and artistic? Check out our 8’ flaming candelabra, or draw in our sweet fire zen gardens. And if that’s not enough, come play croquet! Yes, actual croquet!
At 60’ in diameter, the REM Cafe will have 3 - 6 metal and wood tables, each designed with playful and interactive elements. The centerpiece will be an approximately 8’ tall metal candelabra piped with propane flame effects and embellished with graceful blacksmithed details. Fire zen gardens will be placed throughout the space and a ring of lanterns will define the perimeter. Weaving in and around the space will be a croquet course with custom crafted mallets, balls and wickets made by the Iron Monkeys.