The Penny Drop Takes Global Design Prize

Interiors

The annual is a prestigious global awards event, and naturally, attracts impressive entries from all over the world. This year, we’re proud as punch to report that a venue in Melbourne’s Box Hill took out the top prize.

Today we take a tour of  cafe and restaurant, designed by (formerly We are Huntly), which was named joint ‘overall winner’ at the awards ceremony in London last month.

9th November, 2017

Inside in Box Hill, Melbourne. Photo – .

The venue has taken out the top prize of Best Restaurant at the international 2017 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Photo – .

The space was designed by (formerly We are Huntly). Photo – .

The Penny Drop is located underneath the new Australian Tax Office building. Photo – .

Art deco light fittings and textured surfaces were introduced into what was a large commercial shell. Photo – .

The design team was lead by Golden’s co-directors Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm. Photo – .

The designers set out to create a playful, classy café-restaurant. Photo – .

Old-world materials such as dark timber veneers, Dalmation-speckled granite and gold fixtures feature prominently. Photo – .

There are also circular forms a-plenty throughout the space. Photo – .

Mirrors, light fittings, door handles all reference circlular motifs. Photo – .

The 350-square-metre space was built by S&K Group. Photo – .

Even the wall curves! Photo – .

Signature brass penny pendants, angled for fun. Photo – .

Lucy Feagins
Thursday 9th November 2017

 started from humble beginnings, as a little local coffee pop-up, where hundreds of local commuters would get their morning caffeine fix. After quickly gaining a loyal following, the owners realised there was a gap in the market for a vibrant all-day eatery in Box Hill, and as they say, the penny dropped!

Today, the venue is a 350-square-metre, 100-seater restaurant with the swish-est fit-out in the East! Occupying the ground floor of the brand new Australian Tax Office building (shudder!), the interior scheme brings together a layered palette of charcoal upholstery and olive green finishes, whitewashed timbers, rose-gold accents, art-deco inspired curves, a dalmation-speckled granite service counter and signature brass penny pendants – angled for fun!

The project was designed by Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm of Melbourne design studio  – who’ve since gone on to create a for The Penny Drop. Global domination imminent!

 
913 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, VIC

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