Ground Up Espresso

In November 2014, I worked on the new fit-out for a top cafe in town. Designing and building it all myself, everything from the lighting, walls and old factory passes to the main counter, table numbers and stools.

The main counter was the biggest feature in the room, using 2000 recycled wooden diamonds in a repeated pattern creates a beautiful tessellation. The idea arose from a friends tiled bathroom from the 80’s.

cafe counter front

This simple gabion brick wall was put in to form the backdrop to the cafe. Using recycled bricks from all around the Toowoomba region and old wooden bricks from the old Toowoomba foundry.Brick backdrop wall bar and table

3 old factory windows were redesigned and welded together with added shelves to create the new kitchen passes.Old factory window kitchen pass

This indoor planter box came from one of those crazy nights spent in the studio. After working on the outdoor planters, I had been wanting an indoor one for the beautiful strelitzia nicolai. About 6 months earlier I had picked up this bed side table from the side of the road. With it staring at me while I pondered over a few days it dawned on me how cute this wood look as a pot on the legs with little wheels to make it easily moveable. And Wala!Recycled vintage bedside table planterWooden cutlery box

I love natural organic elements especially as lighting, I hunted for hours out driving around trying to find these tumbleweeds. Only when I actually wanted to use one did they all go hiding. The shadows these create are simply stunning. Tumble weed cafe pendant light

With the cafe using uno cards since they began it was only right to keep them as their table numbers. Instead of those card holders that are seen at every cafe I made these simple metal bases and decoupaged them with personalized vintage comics and the old cards. I love them!  Uno cafe table numbersCafe bush pendant lightRecycled wooden cafe counter frontTessellated recycled wooden counter frontMetal wall water refill stationRecycled wooden planter box wind breakerStackable recycled metal wood cafe stoolsStackable recycled metal wood cafe stoolStackable recycled metal wood cafe stool