Melbourne has no shortage of great coffee spots, but this new addition has caught our eye with its gorgeous interior by Hana Hakim of The Stella Collective. Workshop Brothers Coffee is a welcome reprieve from the bustle of Queen Street, making the most from its petite space with a light, bright aesthetic and grounding natural materials.
The design maximises the space with gently curved walls to draw the eye towards the central coffee counter, while back of house activity is concealed behind a lush green landscape by Beth Emily on giant mirrored screens. The walls are accented with a glossy pink hue and clean brass lines (not to mention a punch of 80s granite here and there for grit), while both green tones and literal greenery add a tranquil vibe to the space.
The design philosophy might be best summed up with the small line of text on the wall: ‘Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work’. Not only a much-needed daily reminder, in creating a place where city workers can get a breath of fresh air and take a moment to reflect, the design cultivates a sense of possibility, of beauty and escaping the ordinary. And that might be even more important than the daily caffeine hit.