Working with a tight budget, French-born Melbourne-based Anne-Sophie Poirier worked to create an identity through the interior design of the small cafe. Located in Fitzroy, one of the most popular suburbs of Melbourne, Slowpoke Espresso serves up your daily joe plus a menu full of organic food. Poirier made use of offcuts from local furniture makers who use recycled timbers to decorate a 12 meter long wall in the cafe. The wood offcuts are tightly packed and create a warm, yet puzzling array of wood grains. Some of the larger cuts stick out from the wall and serve as condiment shelves for the small tables.
Recycled wood flooring was used to make the countertops and all the decorations and furniture were sourced from nearby flea markets. The result is warm, cozy and even a touch bit rustic, all which align with their identity of ‘organic foods and coffee with a smile’.
Poirier even designed their logo and graphics which are displayed on their business cards made from recycled cardboard (cut by hand and then stamped). To top off this fabulous interior, the cafe’s window sign is lit from within by a lamp that is powered by a solar panel placed on the top of the box.
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