Now that I am falling back into the hang of things and the summer school semester is in full swing I will have to say goodbye to the slow pace of my short lived vacation. Not to say the vacation wasn’t fully enjoyed, I did get a few opportunities to pamper myself. Saving the best for last I spent an entire day at the Nordic Spa sun bathing, fortunately it was the nicest day we’ve had yet. Considering that I spend the majority of my time in front of a computer or hunched over a desk, I felt a massage was needed and well deserved. So I through one of those into the mix. There was also plenty of Family time which was extra special with the new addition to the household, a canoe! I got to enjoy some sunny days out on the water reading while my brother and dad paddled me around! I was living the life. But aside from all that I have missed my daily dose of design so with a new semester comes a new project and lots of research. With that in mind I hope you all enjoy the new finds!
To start the ball rolling we have this Cafe/Restaurant style design located on the outskirts of Melbourne, Capital Kitchen‘s design combines rustic and industrial elements with a few modern touches throughout to produce a functional, warm and inviting atmosphere. Designed by Australia-based Mim Design (“We were going for a modern country farmhouse feel,” the designers say), the interiors feature rustic timber floors, exposed brick walls, and sleek modern Carrara counters. For more information, go to Capital Kitchen.
Above: The cafe includes an open concept dining area. The main dining chairs add the industrial element finished in white to compliment the farmhouse look. Marais a chair designed by Xavier Pauchard for Tolix available at design within reach
Above: A mix of modern housewares is on offer. I find this style of boutique cafe is becoming very popular and for good reason. It’s fun to browse kitchenware amongst the aromas of coffee beans and food.
Above: This has to be my favourite shot. The combination of light and darker woods separated by a sleek Carrara marble counter, is stunning. The white Caravaggio Pendants (available from Y Lighting) provide a simple clean and modern ceiling ornamentation.
Above: A modern farmhouse sink adds a domestic feel and is complimented by the upholstered armchairs providing additional comfortable seating.
Above: Long tables on wheels provide a multifunctional space, offering a multitude of space and seating arrangements. The movable tables are complimented with Tolix stools. Marais Counter Stool designed by Xavier Pauchard for Tolix available at design within reach. The beam ceiling design plays on a modern coffered ceiling style and adds that extra element of design to the cafes structure.
Above L: The shop signage is painted directly on the exterior brick. Above R: Corner seating with folding windows. What impresses me the most is the combination of materials that work so well together. The aged brick, marble, light and dark woods with painted as well as unfinished steel together achieve achieve a warm and aesthetically beautiful environment. This design encourages me to not be afraid of trying different finish combinations.