Recent project: Market Lane Coffee

We sat down with Sarah Trotter from Hearth Studio to talk about the interior design for Market Lane Coffee, a speciality coffee roastery housed in a heritage building in Melbourne's CBD.

Can you tell us about Hearth Studio?

We're a very small studio in Brunswick, Melbourne focusing on residential and hospitality interiors.

What was the inspiration for Market Lane Coffee?

We wanted the space to honour the heritage of the Victorian building it is housed in on Collins St. The area is gorgeous with gold-rush era buildings and a very strong history in the Arts, so we wanted to draw reference from that also.

Tesselated floor at Market Lane Coffee

Our palette was inspired by a Victorian painter, Clarice Beckett who was one of the first Australian tonalists and painted in urban and bayside Melbourne at the time the original building was constructed.

We used beautiful walnut for the joinery and seating - rich but with a raw finish. There are copper accents throughout the space also to reference the lovely copper window frames on the facade. 

The tiles on the entry floor reference the vestibule and verandah spaces that decorated Collins St at the time the building was constructed.

Tesselated floor at Market Lane Coffee

 Why did you decide to use tessellated tiles on the floors? 

The tessellated tiles from Olde English Tiles come in such an amazing colour range. It was great to have the freedom to make a custom pattern for the project referencing the trees on the street and glimmers of grey or blue sky. 

Tesselated floor at Market Lane Coffee

Any advice for refurbing a heritage space?

I prefer to balance the original features with new elements that are simple and contemporary - I think it can give a smarter and more refined result.


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