Ci­clo Café

Spread across 11000 sq ft and de­signed by Chennai-based Arvind Varuna As­so­ciates, Ci­clo Café, a unique con­cept of cy­cle re­tail and F&B out­let, show­cases the parts of a bi­cy­cle in the most unique ways.

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The con­cept

Ci­clo was started as a con­cept in JV with TI Ab­so­lute Con­cept, who glob­ally holds 95% mar­ket share of cy­cle chain. Ci­clo Café is a chain of café which also dou­bles up as cy­cle stores re­tail­ing 8-9 top brands of bi­cy­cles with pres­ence in Chennai, Hy­der­abad, Gurgaon and Ban­ga­lore. The chain plans to move to other ci­ties like Pune etc and look­ing at 14-15 more out­lets in next 3 years. Ashish Thadani, CEO, TI Ab­so­lute Con­cept, ex­plained, “The con­cept is present in a few Euro­pean coun­tries. The café is de­signed in a way that ev­ery nook and corner re­minds you of bi­cy­cle.”

Tale of pokes, chains and rims

The café in­fuses the rich his­tory of cy­cles with gen­er­ous use of cy­cle ele­ments ev­ery­where. The cy­cle chains make the chan­de­liers while the cy­cle rims make for light­ing fix­tures and front pokes of cy­cle dou­ble up as ta­ble tops. Varuna Arvind, the de­signer of the café said, “We went through The out­lets do not fol­low any plug-and-play theme whereas a com­mon theme of us­ing bi­cy­cle ele­ments in in ev­ery pos­si­ble place runs through the cafes. Ev­ery corner is crafted to re­mind the vis­i­tor that they are at a cy­cle store

a huge de­sign process and in­ter­est­ingly, de­vel­oped many ele­ments at the TI cy­cle fac­tory it­self.”

The café uses cy­cle cranks, wheels and han­dles as props and padels as wall props and col­lage while main cy­cle bod­ies are used as ta­ble legs. Sus­pended lights used wheels with spokes as base while fab­ric draped around in the top fin­ishes the fix­ture.


Ci­clo opened its first door in Chennai, where the café is nes­tled in an old build­ing. In the process of restora­tion, the de­sign re­tained some age-old ele­ments like athangudi tiles etc while the main de­sign de­manded the use of me­tal etc. “That’s where the con­cept of mar­ry­ing vin­tage with con­tem­po­rary kicked in. while de­vel­op­ing the con­sec­u­tive out­lets, we added bright colours to con­nect to the young TG. To bring out the ef­fect of these colours, the whole space used lot of tex­tured linen. We also did drama with the heights and forms of lights,” Arvind added.

To weave the rich his­tory of cy­cle and cy­cling, a num­ber of chalk­boards, graphi­tis and pgho­tographs are used to de­note the in­spi­ra­tion.

De­sign Highlights:

A com­bi­na­tion of vin­tage and con­tem­po­rary de­sign

The fur­ni­ture, light­ing fix­tures, props, bar fa­cia etc are made from dif­fer­ent cy­cle parts

To avoid the in­dus­trial feel, a num­ber of bright and pop-up colours are used.

Some of the fix­tures and props are de­vel­oped at the TI ct-ycle fac­tory it­self Varuna Arvind, Founder, Arvind Varuna As­so­ciates We worked with an in­dus­trial con­cept and yet had to make it look like a con­tem­po­rary space. The amal­ga­ma­tion of cy­cle parts in ev­ery de­sign el­e­ment was manda­tory.

Ashish Thadani, CEO, Ci­clo Café

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