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Interior Design: Mister Close

July 7, 2011

Taking cues from geometry, Mister Close is a simple yet strong timber fitout with a folded timber ceiling and custom-designed furniture created by Russell and George.

Mister Close was established by two friends who met in high school in the 1980s, who have taken inspiration for the name and the branding for their café from their former Geography teacher, Mr Close – a popular teacher who sported a striking black moustache and dark-rimmed glasses.

Mister Close inspired student to better things, an analogy adopted for the location of the new café, which forms the first stage of the retail upgrade to Melbourne’s Midtown Plaza and connects the newly renovated office tower foyer with the retail mall off Swanston Street.

The fitout is given a strong presence within the visually noisy surrounds. The ceiling of folded timber baffles hinge accordian-like, and fold down to conceal the kitchen canopy. Custom-designed furniture is inspired by geometry. Circles and triangles abound, and are joined in incongruous ways. Small circular tables and stools look like they might topple over, while larger tables and benches appear sturdy from one angle yet impossibly thin from another.

*Team* Byron George, Rebecca Ransley

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