The Emporium Cafe court is a 1000 seat food precinct in Melbourne’s new Emporium development between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale street on the site of the former Myer Lonsdale Street store.
The project is designed around a series of pod tenancies, with dining zones framed by custom curved banquettes. The banquettes create intimacy on what is a broad floor plate, and separate traffic flow from dining.
The whole precinct is united by 20km of draped brass chain, on a catenary system grid and a grid of lights. This references the grandeur of a Victorian great room in it’s detail, and offers a unique and spectacular backdrop to a palette of bronze mirror, tan leather and Australian White birch.
The tactile chamber of Aesop Doncaster attempts to create a unique escape from the hermetic conditions of the shopping centre type whilst presenting the products within the space in a harmonious and complimentary fashion. The two key ideas of the project were to subtly ensnare all the senses and remind the viewer of the process of washing and cleaning one’s self. The chamber aims to sit within its context without being obtrusive but rather discretely loud via the stores lack of fittings and fixtures, its sense of depth and its integrated colouring.
The customer is king, long live the customer! The design of the Crumpler Prahran store meshes the real & the surreal, the offline & the online creating a dynamic customer experience where ideas of technology, travel & exploration seamlessly interact. A light cage where virtual space and physical space meet.
The philosophy with this project was “if it ‘aint broke, don’t fix it.” The original bones and proportions were beautiful and any additions had to be designed in a way to complement the original. Although significant parts of the house were completely remodelled, the existing concrete block wall to the living room and timber panelling formed the basis for all new elements. Windows were removed and simplified.
The two owners of Mister Close met in high school in the 1980s, and formed a strong friendship that has lasted several decades. When deciding to go into business together, they drew inspiration from those years, naming the cafe after their favourite Geography teacher from year 8. Sporting a striking black moustache and dark rimmed glasses, Mister Close was loved by many of his students.