My friend Mark just completed this beautiful cafe, "two:bob" with his design studio, Universal. It's refreshing to see a cafe fitout that doesn't use the go-to formula of an industrial aesthetic. (You know the usual drill: Tolix stools, plywod lining, aluminum lampshades etc. Not that I'm against that look but it's exciting to see something different.)
I love how the restrained palette allows the original Victorian mouldings to sing. I also enjoy the minimalist detailing, like the horizontal datum running across the wall, delineated by a subtle change from white paint to pale blue. And how can you not love the playful black birdies mounted on the walls?
I hear the food is just as good as this classy yet casual space. I can't wait to try it out.
Photographs by Mark Simpson. Cafe located on Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, Melbourne.