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Eley Kishimoto’s optical-illusion designs for a new London patisserie are certainly a sight for sore eyes.

The latest lust-have pit-stop in South East London is Melanie Southeden’s super slick patisserie, where you can expect salted-caramel doughnuts, macaroons, made-to-order cakes and Monmouth coffee, all set against a graphic, tessellating yellow and black backdrop. This eye-popping optical illusion is courtesy of cult print design duo Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, who launched their striking wallpaper collection, including this Venice design, at last year's London Design Festival. Adapting designs from their pattern archive, the fashion duo's first foray into homeware has caused quite a stir in the interiors world - and we can see why...

Eley Kishimoto worked with interior designer Jason Maclean to convert the former Bermondsey hair salon into an hip café and bakery, dressing the space with monochrome furniture and simple shelving units. Thick black-framed vitrines adorn the walls, displaying sample cakes and ornaments, including owl figures and ceramic gnomes decorated with Eley Kishimoto’s signature monochrome print, Flash. Mark Eley calls it a ‘feast for the eyes’. Time to indulge, indeed.

Southerden Patisserie and Café 72 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UD www.southerden.com

Photography by Chris Tubbs

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