The café uses historical precedent from the 1940s. By the 1940s, plywood was proven as a useful material during the war and was promoted for use in residential and commercial construction. Because of World War II, which lasted until 1945, resources were scarce because most materials were diverted to the war effort. Furniture passed on through families and wooden chairs were upholstered. Make do and mend was a common refrain, during this time of austerity. The design of the 40s café includes wood finishes, No. 14 bentwood Thonet chairs, and artwork inspired by the fashion, style, and design of the 1940s. The design also includes wallpaper inspired by the art deco period, which ended shortly before the 1940s and started in Paris in 1925.