- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Front Row Studios
- Designer Perrett Ewert Leaf
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Perrett Ewert Leaf’s design for Hawk & Hunter Cafe in Ripponlea provokes and entices with its quirky fitout, synonymous with the client’s brand. The brief was to convert a dank and darkly lit former Chinese restaurant with a catacomb of internal partitions into a new cafe and commercial kitchen for the client’s catering business.
Inexpensive yet durable sustainable materials were a priority, as was brand reinforcement through shelves and cabinets that can hold produce. A large rustic dining table made of timber offcuts themes the space, and is complemented by the main feature wall at the front of the cafe, using reclaimed timbers and natural ply finishes. This eclectic selection of joinery and wall finishes was balanced with polished concrete floors and a timber deck to the external areas, and re-used reinforced steel framed shelving.
A further layer of detail was added with sourced feature pieces, as well as a wall mural at the end of the dining room produced by a local artist. The use of tactile objects and rustic joinery create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting, and encourage interaction with both staff and fellow customers.
Sourced items and recycled materials not only minimised cost, but achieved the desired style while providing subtle functional separation, creating a warm and inviting venue for customers.
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