When plant-based eatery, Faceplant Café geared up to open their doors in the city of Geelong in Victoria, Australia, they enlisted interior design expert Melissa Lunardon to transform their space into a healthy haven. And that’s exactly what she did! From the marble subway tiles and modern copper pendants, to the pièce de résistance in the greenery statement wall, Melissa perfectly translated their green mission into a beautiful Zen meets modern interior for their patrons.
“The owners wanted to open a café that is 100% plant based and were after an interior that reflected the menu and lifestyle”, says Melissa.
“The existing café on the coast of Victoria, Australia’s interior was tired, and in desperate need of some love. It used to be an old French style café, and the only great element about the space was the open plan functioning kitchen.”
“New shelving with large black metal brackets tied in with the semi- industrial theme, while en masse artificial greenery on the kitchen canopy created the real wow-factor for the interior!
“The kitchen cabinetry was then clad in timber slats to break up the harder surfaces such as the brick wall and concrete floors.”
“Lighting was very basic, so by adding in some beautiful large scale copper pendants, it created different seating zones – a cluster of pendants over a newly created communal dining area, as well as a row of pendants over the coffee machine bench.”
The communal table and bench by the bay window was a collaboration between Melissa and a local furniture designer.
“The flooring needed some work, so the owners were happy to remove the vinyl flooring and polish up the existing concrete floors. This really brought out the markings and colours in the floor with warm rust tones working with the timber windows and new copper pendants.”
“By painting the ceiling in a soft sage colour, it complemented the warmth from the timber framed windows.”
“The coffee machine itself is only the second mode used in Australia and is reminiscent of beer taps. It’s quite sleek with all the bulky machinery underneath the bench.”
“The clients were thrilled with the end result and couldn’t wait to open the doors and show Geelong how amazing a plant based menu can be!”
It’s a space that plays on the natural food Faceplant Café offers and creates a space that is comfortable to enjoy. Melissa Lunardon