A Tailor-Made Cafe
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Papiota Cafe (papiota means "spool" in Romanian) is the vision of two friends, Monica and Andreea, who share a childhood nostalgia for Communist-era decor. Like other young Romanians, they are part of a new generation who find inspiration in elements of this era, which was also a time in this country's history when the sewing and craft industry was in full swing. Papiota is a gathering place in the once-industrial, now-hipster Lipscani region of Bucharest. The cafe's decor is comprised of steel shelving, racks of yarn spools, and salvaged sewing machines from 1960s Romanian manufacturing companies. Photography by Corvin Cristian . Above: While their parents "want everyone to forget the Communist period, to throw away anything that reminds them why they lived then," Monica and Andreea were children then. Above: Nine vintage sewing machines are displayed prominently in the cafe. Above: The 1960s industrial lighting was salvaged from nearby factories. Above: Racks of spools sit on bar shelves. Above: Bar tables are inspired by wooden ironing boards, and a number of the chairs come from the home of Monica's grandmother.