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Interior Design: The Mews

August 8, 2011

Taking inspiration from the traditional British mews, Giant Design’s café/winebar is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional stables.

Drawing inspiration from ‘The Mews’ laneway in which it is located, this long narrow site has been transformed from a 30-year-old deli to a revitalised café/winebar. ‘Mews’ is an old British term used to describe a row of stables built around a courtyard, which generally opens onto a service lane. This has been translated in the design to create a glamorous take on the traditional stables, playing on size and perspective with ‘smoke and mirrors’.

A large central arch, surrounded by mirrored surfaces, appears to be suspended in mid air. The back wall has been lined with mirrors to extend the depth of the space. Timber panelling along the side wall alludes to stable doors. The space is lit to highlight the features, creating a warm glow that is soft and inviting.

Team Designers: Chris Wilks, Ed Kenny

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