THE DELI COUNTER

Industrial chic Melbourne / Australia / 2014

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Studio Y’s new design for The Deli Counter in Queen Street Melbourne embraces this fabulous groovy-industrial chic which has been so enthusiastically welcomed by Melbourne’s sophisticated but demanding diner.


Offering sensational fresh and inventive dishes conceived by Eitan Doran with a distinctive Mediterranean slant, The Deli Counter has quickly become a popular lunchtime destination for Melbourne’s CBD population. Working collaboratively with Eitan, 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 repurposing original fittings while sourcing eccentric pieces to create an eclectic yet pared back aesthetic which provides the perfect backdrop for the sensational daily produce. Robust, quirky timber crates have been reinvented as 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 was removed 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 beautiful interplay between pure form and function. It's unpretentious, down to earth and all the more chic for it.

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    Studio Y’s new design for The Deli Counter in Queen Street Melbourne embraces this fabulous groovy-industrial chic which has been so enthusiastically welcomed by Melbourne’s sophisticated but demanding diner. Offering sensational fresh and inventive dishes conceived by Eitan Doran with a distinctive Mediterranean slant, The Deli Counter has quickly become a popular lunchtime destination for Melbourne’s CBD population. Working collaboratively with Eitan, Studio Y’s new...

    Project details
    • Year 2014
    • Work started in 2014
    • Work finished in 2014
    • Contractor JJ Anta
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Restaurants / Interior Design
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