Interior Design: Nabiha

Jul 12, 2010
  • Article by Online Editor
  • Photography by Andrew Wuttke
  • Designer
  • Architect Breathe Architecture

Nabiha is an introspective cafe, offering refuge to visitors looking to escape from the barren suburban streetscape outside. Housed in a quirky leftover space in an anonymous-looking concrete office building, it is long and thin with an incredibly high ceiling.

The fitout slots warm materials into the concrete and glass frame of the tenancy. Blood red linoleum table tops are dotted throughout the cafe, while recycled timber floorboards wrap the wall and fold onto the ceiling. Strings of party lights add a sense of carnival. Timber screens perforated with images drawn by Melbourne artist, Rona Green, encase the curtain wall glazing. A striking banquet seat, created by textile artist John Corbett, runs the length of the cafe. Made entirely from vintage 1980s leather jackets, the seat adds a sense of nostalgia to the interior, inviting patrons to reminisce about days gone by.

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