A Stunning Rustic Cafe With Charm By The Cup Full!

October 18, 2012

As the weekend is starting to appear it’s time to unwind a bit, pop the kettle on and have a nice cup of coffee and reflect on the week that was and the week that is to come. With that in mind there is no better way to lead into the weekend than by doing so by featuring an awesomely cool and uber rustic café project.  The Grounds of Alexandria project in Sydney, Australia is one such project, designed by Caroline Choker this café is exactly the type of place I would love to unwind in on a Thursday afternoon or on a relaxing Friday morning, with a mug of the warm stuff in one hand and a good book or design magazine in the other.

The project is more than just a gorgeous café, it is also a restaurant, a coffee roasting facility and an artisan bakery and it is taking Sydney by storm having won numerous awards, from an interior design perspective it is easy to see why. I just adore the rustic nature of the design which is so fitting given that it is based in a 100+ year old warehouse that used to be a pie factory. The first thing to grab my eyes are those stunning stripped back columns, they are just gorgeous, the naked brick and the exposed beams on the ceiling create a relaxing atmosphere devoid of any pretense, which puts me right at ease when in a café. I think the subtle old school touches such as the coffee machine, the display racks, the vintage work benches and the antiquated machinery pieces are fantastic, they give this project such soul and integrity. Not just happy with this I am then bowled over and knocked completely off my feet with the gardens and how the café opens up onto them, what I like most about this is how the interior design is so seamless in connecting the exterior and interior worlds, such clever design work by Caroline Choker.

A truly fantastic project that gets a lot of Studio EM love and yet another reason why I need to take another trip to Sydney soon. Enjoy the stunning images below, credited to Michael Wee and try not to get to jealous that we don’t have a café like this in Dubai, although you may struggle as I certainly did.