A crisp and cool design at Melbourne’s No 19 café
‘In Melbourne, breakfast is the new dinner – it’s a social activity. We carefully considered music, furniture, crockery, finishes and visual communication to create a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere.’ Designer Jean-Pierre Biasol is talking about the ultra-chic restaurant design that his studio Biasol recently created for restaurateurs Domenic and Diana Caruso at their second Melbourne café, No 19. With its high ceilings, skylights and deep rectangular footprint, the site had very good ‘bones’, and the new design is anchored by a concrete service counter accented with warm brass elements in custom-designed, arching counter-top lamps and a slender foot rail. Moroccan tiles add a subtle touch of pattern, while behind the bar, display shelving made from white tubular steel hosts pockets of fresh greenery. Timber-topped tables with banquette seating and Pedrali chairs run the length of the space, and the sophisticated banquette upholstery enhances the pared-back mood. The semi-open kitchen at the rear of the room is surrounded by some of the best seats in the house, with Afteroom stools from Menu positioned to allow a glimpse of the chefs at work. No 19 serves up ‘simple and honest’ food – and excellent coffee (this is Melbourne, after all) – with the menu including the sort of fresh, healthy options that this space feels perfectly designed to complement. There are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free breakfast and lunch options, as well as some ‘naughtier’ fare too. Which means that you can opt for a detox breakfast bowl, or indulge in a ‘No 19 Benedict’, which features twice-cooked pulled pork. Says Jean-Pierre, ‘We took an integrated approach to this project to make sure the architecture, interiors, branding and products worked well together and produced a cohesive and memorable dining experience.’ Visit no19.com.au for more.