Name: Urban Coffee farm & Brew Bar
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Designed for Melbourne's Food and Wine festival, the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar dissects the coffee beans travel. Utilizing the materials used for transportation, the pop up allows guests to interact and engage with the coffee making process.
I love it when the graphic design, identity, and interior all come together to form a cohesive space and presentation. The Elbow Room restaurants are a great example of this cohesive and thought through design.
With the world taking a deeper look at it's food, how we eat, and the care of our ingredients, it's always fun to see how these ideas translate into built environments. While the US is focusing on farm to table, warm woods, raw materials, and an overall emphasis on the rustic and farm-like feel, SLA has gone in an equal, but opposite direction, focusing on the greenhouse.
Name: At The Chapel
Location: Burton, UK
Design: Ahmed Sidki & Catherine Butler
A former 17th century congregation church found new life as a cafe, bakery, wine shop, and restaurant. Keeping the original architectural details intact, the minimalist and warm interior showcases the goods and space perfectly.
Name: Méjico Restaurant & Bar
Location: Sydney, Australia
Design: Juicy Design
While Beasleys may have forgotten the design, Méjico is a great example of a space with a fully thought through design. Using the menu as their starting point, Méjico emphasizes tradition, ingredients, and differentiates itself from the influx of Mexican restaurants popping up throughout Australia.
When looking for restaurants to feature on the blog, I am more often than not scouring through ten to twenty spaces before finding one that is inspiration worthy. Usually, I get so excited when I find something beautifully designed and worth sharing, that I often forget the others that sadly fell short.
Beasley's is an example of a space I am finding all too common in the industry today. It is a space that forces me to ask myself, "Where is the design?"