Archives for the month of: October, 2013

The romanticism of coffee machines inspired Haldane Martin’s design for Truth Coffee in Cape Town. With the building stripped back to its essential structure and the grand machinery of a vintage coffee roaster as its centrepiece, the space perfectly pairs the steampunk aesthetic with modern industrial style. Details such as the interconnected metal pipes between tables and stools and the pressed metal panels complement the bold colour palette of red and olive. See more images at Haldane Martin.


The Paper Art Garden by Super Nature Design uses concentric circles of CNC die cut paper to frame a white orchid at its centre. The geometric patterns create depth of field and an increase in density that both masks and focalises the plant. The cut-outs also allow for expansion of the garden through the intricate shadows they cast outwards. See more at designboom.

Also using screening as a means of both dividing a space and directing attention is I M Lab’s NYU’ Restaurant in Oderzo, Italy. Laser cut metal panels to the ceiling are moveable to delineate different paths and areas within the restaurant, while the perforations vary in size, the biggest apertures drawing the diner’s eye to the pre-existing Roman archeological features of the building. This duality of concealing and revealing brings drama and intrigue to the space.

The Prahran Hotel has been given a stunning update with Techne Architects‘ creative use of concrete pipes as intimate spaces for patrons. Visible from inside and out, the cylindrical shape mirrors the 1940s art-deco style of the original building and is also reminiscent of kegs. With tones of bright green, dark leather and wood, interior designer Bianca Baldi has harmoniously integrated the new space with the original hotel. The most striking feature is the second level of seating looking out over the elevated garden that runs the length of the addition, creating a feeling of height and space that is rare in the pub scene.

all photos: Peter Clarke