Studio Y’sdesign for The Deli Counter in Queen Street Melbourne embraces the groovy-industrial chic which has been so enthusiastically welcomed by Melbourne’s sophisticated but demanding diner.
Offering sensational fresh and inventive dishes with a distinctive Mediterranean slant, The Deli Counter has quickly become a popular lunchtime destination for Melbourne’s CBD population.Working collaboratively with the client, Studio Y’s new fitout is a clever mix of utilitarian surfaces, stripped-back architecture and salvaged objects.
The open kitchen is a key element of the design and draws customers into the space. This is both dynamic and functional.
Studio Y have worked within the existing footprint repurposingoriginal fittings while sourcing eccentricpieces to create an eclectic yet pared back aesthetic which provides the perfect backdrop for the daily produce. Robust, quirky timber crates have been reinventedas counters and shelving and timber floors removed from the first level have been reborn as counter tops. These are beautifully complemented by the duality of the blue and white wall tiles in the kitchen area and by the red, white and blue of the geometric and numerical detailing featured throughout the café. This creates a visually graphic punch as well as a contrast to the neutral timber and brick palette. The dramatic front door – again created from repurposed materials – screams serious street cred, telegraphing this new culinary destination to Melbourne while retaining the Soho style glass façade is a masterstroke.
Half of the first floor space has been removed in order to create a full height void at the front of the café which considerably opens up the space and enables light to spill down onto diners below. Brick walls have been either left in their original form or stripped back then lime-washed.
Pared back to the essentials, the design showcases the interplay between pure form and function, while allowing the produce to be the hero here. It's unpretentious, down to earth and all the more chic for it.