Sibilla Dengs founded the artcafé26 in March 2006. After growing up and living for many years in Europe, she left behind a thriving floral business. When she moved to Williamsburg, she missed the European cafés. At this point in time the idea for a artcafé26 in Williamsburg was born. Over many years Sibilla worked on her ideas and developed the artcafé26 concept. Graduating from William and Mary and SOAS (London, GB) with art history degrees helped her form the art part of the café. Due to her Masters degree being in southeast Asian art, she encountered feng shui. This theory of living was integrated into her concept of the café and can also be seen. E.g. the circle of light is there to center the energy in the middle of the café.
The design of the café was done in cooperation with Sibilla and Messerli of Switzerland.