- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Derek Swalwell
- Architect Woods Bagot
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Situated in the iconic Hotel Windsor in Melbourne’s CBD, Wallis & Ed is a coffee shop, dining room and bar in the space formerly occupied by the Hard Rock Cafe. Drawing inspiration from the name of the hotel in which it sits, the venue’s name is a cheeky nod to Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, and his saucy mistress Wallis Simpson.
A material palette of crisp, neutral hues creates an inviting and calm interior. Timber cladding wraps the ceiling and walls in a geometric pattern, which flows from the dining room into the bar. Cable Jewellery pendant lights designed by Volker Haug complement the industrial aesthetic.
The former entrance to the Hard Rock Cafe has been reactivated with the introduction of a new coffee counter, which pokes through the facade to lure in the early morning coffee trade.
Drainage is often the forgotten workhorse of the building and design function. Yet drainage maintains a simple albeit vital purpose.