2015 Eat Drink Design Awards: Winner for Best Coffee Design
Best coffee design
The black kettle by Studio You Me
South Melbourne, Victoria
The Kettle Black sits at the pinnacle of cafe design right now – light, airy, spacious, where everything is carefully considered but everything feels carefree in the extreme. There is a conscious nonchalance in the asymmetry of the mosaic floor entrance with its deliberate juggling of disparate materials – an ordinary concrete construction pipe transformed through a brass liner into a sleek sink pretty much sums it up. Elegantly compelling, the lobby promises an elegant and balanced dining experience that fills a unique niche between cafe and restaurant. And the dining rooms flanking the entrance fulfill that promise, with their warm oak joinery, brushed brass displays, and cheeky pistachio-colored seats. Half of The Kettle Black occupies the ground floor of a Victorian mansion, the other half the base of a rather brutal new construction. The skill is to merge these extreme contexts into a graceful new whole. The touch is light, but the effect is gravity.
The black kettle
50 Albert Road
South Melbourne Vic 3205