Café Culture + Insitu rebrands to Design Nation

Australian design supplier Café Culture + Insitu has rebranded to Design Nation to better reflect the wide range of solutions it now offers architects and designers. The change, which comes into effect from today (11 February), also marks 20 years in business for the company. Founded in 1998, Design Nation originated as a business-to-business furniture […]

Reimagining Lapland: Finnish-Italian practice VOID designs a contemporary resort

Helsinki-based architecture firm VOID has designed a series of distinctive wooden houses with large glazed surfaces and spacious interiors, which aim to shake up the holiday accommodation in Lapland.  Collaborating with Finnish timber house manufacturer Honkatalot/Polar Life Haus, VOID has created the apartments with comfort, generosity of space, and views towards the surrounding forest and sky as […]

Dutch practice Concrete designs hotel with ‘eternal sunshine’

Netherlands-based architecture and interior design firm Concrete has designed a hotel in Bergen, Norway for travellers seeking a unique accommodation experience.  With just an average of 50 hours of sunlight per month in winter, the city of Bergen is starved of daylight for a large chunk of the year. To combat the feeling of seasonal affective […]

Dean Dyson Architects creates theatrical experience for 400 Gradi

Dean Dyson Architects has designed the interior for 400 Gradi South Australia, a modern Italian restaurant and bar, situated on the leafy Parade in Norwood. At the heart of the design concept for 400 Gradi is the creation and exploration of spatial drama and illusions, inspired by the idea of theatrical experience. A large sculptural void is calved […]

A café design that steps back and forth in history

Designed by Killing Matt Woods, the interior of Percy Plunkett café in Penrith, NSW is a unique response to heritage, as inside co-editor Gillian Serisier discovers. Approaching each project as a unique entity, Killing Matt Woods (KMW) produces interiors that are never expected, always interesting and, more importantly, completely relevant to area, client and aspiration. […]

Woods Bagot designs ‘eclectic spaces and sinuous organic forms’ for Market Grounds Perth

Woods Bagot’s design for Market Grounds, a contemporary pub located in Perth’s CBD, combines the city’s food and beverage culture with its outdoor lifestyle. Paying homage to the original Perth Market Grounds located on the site, the venue is a series of eclectic spaces that present a variety of dining and bar experiences to suit […]

8Bit Little Collins: where Minecraft meets Mario for a burger

 Architects EAT’s design for burger chain 8Bit brings to life the pixelated world of computer game Minecraft through colour and graphical representation. An established brand with restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney, 8Bit has a strong design ethic, was not without challenges for the architecture team, which says: “How do you design a unique place that carries the […]

From dilapidated Post Office to homely coffee shop

WALA architecture studio has transformed a rundown Post Office into a coffee shop that reflects the idea of ‘home’. Located in Melbourne’s inner west, The Little Man Cafe is located along the main community strip in Seddon. The corner lot site once belonged to a Post Office, which has since moved a couple of spots up […]

Brewing in Bali: Full Circle and Expat Roasters by X+O

Good coffee is always the best find when travelling overseas. Australians love their caffeine and so discovering a coffee oasis in Bali is certainly something to make the heart sing. The brand Expat Roasters initially established itself two years ago providing wholesale coffee to upmarket restaurants and hotels, but a few months ago it moved […]

T by Luxbite’s interior is a lesson on creative ways to cheat space

WALA has designed the interior of Melbourne patisserie T by Luxbite where creative use of small spaces permeates through the design. The shop’s 19sqm ground floor corner location along Flinders Lane required a stronger emphasis on shop-front prominence and the need to maximise the use of all available internal space. The owners required five separate purpose-built fridges […]