- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Andrew Worssam
- Designer Giant Design Consultants
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Grumpies Corner, positioned on the prime corner of Old South Head and New South Head Road in Vaucluse, NSW, merges three different spaces on one site that visually use the same language. The three spaces include Grumpy Baker, Little Grumpies (a cookery school for children) and Pigeon Hole (a wine bar).
Grumpy Baker is a raw space stripped to it’s shell with the floorboards from the previous fitout reused on the ceiling and the walls chipped back to the bare brick. New polished concrete floors are used throughout the building. The Baking is fully exposed in the steel and black kitchen and stands out in stark contrast to the rawness of the rest of the space.
Little Grumpies is a kids cookery school running parties in cake decorating & baking. The walls & ceiling are lined in T&G and painted in candy colours then stripped back. The hand painted graphic onto the wall panelling works together with the aprons and hats to reinforce the identity and use of the space.
Pigeon Hole is small 14-seater wine bar. The internal wall (and bar face) is lined in aged bronze mirror with the external face of the building stripped back to the brick. The back wall graphic was hand painted onto a circle of plaster left after the walls were stripped back. Mainly lit by candles and minimal lighting it is a warm and intimate space which feels like a local drop-in.
Design team Trish Lopez, Ed Kenny
Graphic Designer/Illustrator Kingdom Communications
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