Following on the success of their first venture, cafe owners Domenic and Diana Caruso approached Biasol Design Studio to be involved in their second location, No.19.
The Melbourne based studio took notable design inspirations from the Greek delicatessens that flourished in the city during the 1950s. Particular references include the pastel tones, booth seating and table lamp repetition. Brass detailing and concrete surfaces bring the cafe right into 2017.
The intention for the concrete counters to serve as “the heart of the space” is implemented with the open kitchen, bar seating and an basin inset into the counter top for customer use. Further design elements include teal Moroccan tiles, white steel canopy with over pouring planting, beautiful surface mounted signage and, of course, more brass finishing.
Customers dine at pale timber tables or banquette seating positioned along the perimeter under softly glowing wall lamps.
Speaking with Dezeen, the team concluded “We took an integrated approach to this project, to make sure the architecture, interiors, branding and products worked well together, and produced a cohesive and memorable dining experience… The minimalist concrete surfaces give the interiors an elegant and sophisticated feel, offset by a vibrant colour palette, beautiful upholstery and a little greenery to make it feel welcoming.”
Photography by Ari Hatzis, courtesy of Dezeen.