Slowpoke Espresso is a small café located in Melbourne’s oldest suburb, Fitzroy. The brief was to imagine an interior that matched the owner’s desire to serve quality food at a slow pace. It was a necessity to come up with alternative ideas that would give the place a unique identity as well as a homely and warm feel while being on a very tight budget. Up-cycling timber offcuts from local furniture makers to create a 12 metre long feature wall was the solution to the challenge. By gathering these offcuts from different places, the result is a textured wall showcasing a variety of timber species and colours. Some wider blocks protrude from the wall to create shelves for condiments above each table. Tabletops are made from recycled floorboards and other furniture and lampshades were sourced from local flea markets. The street signage is a solar powered recycled tool box, and the business cards are hand cut from disused cardboard packaging.