Completed: June 2015
Photos: Taken for Neat Places by Josh Griggs
The vision expressed by “the boys”, Charles and Connor, was to insert a much needed gathering place within the fabric of Grafton which offered friendly service, great hospitality and a top quality brew. They were excited for a space which offered them the ability to converse with their customers, catch up with the talk of the day and share their love of coffee, food, art and music.
Ceremony was realised on a shoe string budget – offset by the enthusiasm and skill of a vast network of mates, family and crafts people who were keen to get involved and collaborate.
The resolve draws from the domestic. A large concrete “kitchen island” defines use of the space. A simple and singular resolve of the brief, technical constraints and leveraging existing qualities of the tenancy. The island is where customers sit along side their barista, take part in the coffee brewing, meet strangers, spin records and start conversations – much like the gathering of family in Aunty Lynda’s kitchen whilst dinner is prepared.
A restrained material palette was elected for aesthetic clarity and to allow for contributions by collaborators without resulting in a visual clutter.