Rialto Café, 2014

As a young couple took over from the parents, this dated tearoom needed a design slap. The layout was odd as the counter wasn’t visible from the entry and the finishes were so old that paint was peeling and condensation wad causing issues. To reflect the couple’s character and their target market, the space got a complete redesign, and the shop became a much-loved artisan café specialising in rare bean roasts and great quality home baking. We went all industrial, almost steam punk on this one and created a stunning space that is now so welcoming it’s actually disturbingly hard to leave. The new counter location greets people on entry, new durable timber look vinyl dresses the floor leading to a back room, where a hidden fireplace was carved out of a wall and lit for everyone’s pleasure. Bespoke fitted furniture along with lose items were all specified and sourced by us, along with lighting and art features.