Hawthorn East café & coffee roaster Lights In The Attic came to us from the creative team at Architect’s EAT with a very unusual design for their front-of-house fit-out.
Hawthorn East café & coffee roaster Lights In The Attic came to us from the creative team at Architect’s EAT with a very unusual design for their front-of-house fit-out. The brief was to combine brushed and polished finishes on the same piece of stainless steel to achieve a blurred, painted effect - helping to create a space which “breaks away from the monotony of Melbourne’s ‘subway tile’ infatuation”. Working from multiple reference photos provided by EAT , we set about prototyping to develop a brand-new proprietary process specifically for this job. Combining machine and hand-finishing techniques which achieved the artistic juxtaposition of the polished and brushed surfaces. Though finished separately, each panel had to match up with the next. However, the nature of the finishing process and the size of the steel sheets necessitated a number of joins and folds.. As no custom finish is an exact process, we also had to discard a number of rejected pieces to achieve the final - seamless - solution. In addition to the stainless steel finishes in the front-of-house area we also fabricated the rest of the metalwork items for the fit out - from the light fittings through to a central communal table and banquettes along the outer perimeter of the store. With the latter, we incorporated a custom-engineered solution for the tables, which connect to the frame via a hidden track - allowing the client to easily shift between 2 and 4-seat arrangements. The result - featured in Broadsheet - was described by Indesign as an artfully composed Melbourne cafe which worships all things materiality, and takes the industry’s obsession with fine materials to the next level - but most-importantly delivered important functional benefits within the available space.
Architects EAT and Crown Shopfitters
Eat Drink Design Awards – Shortlist Best Café Design