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Interior Design: Outpost

September 1, 2010

This small café and retail coffee outlet by Hecker Guthrie combines craftsmanship and attention to detail to create a personal atmosphere.

Part café, part retail coffee outlet, this tiny space called Outpost has a casual random feel about it, yet the whole project has been highly orchestrated and boasts an eclectic mix of what is perceived to be loose furniture items and a somewhat laboratory feel.??

The craftsmanship is tangible and the attention to detail can be seen in every custom designed hinge and hook throughout the refined industrial aesthetic. ??The blackened steel and zinc elements see age as a blessing, not a curse, and the reclaimed timber is happy to see the light of day again as a cupboard door or a bench top. The concrete tiles in olive greens and blacks are punctuated with an occasional upside down tile thrown into the mix, bearing the textural ‘makers mark’.

This design sees a convergence of humour and science – not something you often see in the same sentence! ??Although a newly occupied space, Outpost feels loved and cherished. Most mornings see standing room only as the executives and residents of the adjacent offices and apartments come to their “communal kitchen” where the lines blur between where this beautiful institution starts and one’s own office or lounge room ends.

*Team* Design Director: Paul Hecker; Design Director: Hamish Guthrie; Design Manager: Chloe Senior

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