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Think of your cafe as a person
The cycle of influence or trend movements is an interesting one. Remember when offices were just desks, chairs and maybe a personal light at your desk? Suddenly pingpong tables and hot desk design became the norm, and now you're lucky if you even have a personal drawer, but remember, you do have a pingpong table and an uber cool cafe, so that makes up for the lack of personal space and privacy.
Cafes are now designed in Melbourne. When I first arrived from NYC via London, I was acutely aware of the sense of pampering people sought in hospitality. The ideas of a bathroom being outside the building, and paying a premium for dinner seemed wrong but it was normal here. I needed to adapt to my new world. Happily in the 10 years that have quickly elapsed, cafes and restaurants are pulling up their socks and even paying design firms to create spaces we all dream of, with bathrooms in the building.
At long last romance is returning to the hospitality industry with welcoming, and even sexy interior architecture and design. Melbourne has been obsessed with an endless cycles of Danish design with its clean, and at times, overly sterile interiors. People want a hug when they come to your cafe. They want to feel the love. There is a glut of amazing coffee spots with entertaining baristas who will happily supply your morning fix. But we've graduate to the big leagues of hospitality design (that is, caring about the space and knowing that a professional will help improve the business on multiple levels). You need to think about creating a design that is filled with your cafe's personality.
How? Think of the space as a person. What does this person want to tell people? How do they want to say it? How do they want guests to feel? Do you want people to linger a long time or quickly leave? When designing a restaurant bring your awareness to the coming trends rather than those that are currently consuming everyone's frontal lobe. You don't want to invest in a design that will be dated before you open. Look at how people will move through the space. Create a personality for your cafe and look to the future and see where current trends are developing. The goal is to create a classical restaurant that will transcend time and become the local everyone wants to return to.
Slowfood in Europe would recognise great restaurant food providers with their logo if they did not rush people to leave. The ideas is to slow down and enjoy life. Give your guests lots of love through the design, great food and service and they will repay it tenfold with years of loyalty.
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Last January I tried VR glasses for the first time. I was at the Singapore Science Museum attending a temporary exhibit. The exhibit was VR. There were three chairs and no queues so I gave it a go. It was a rollercoaster ride. I was seated in a rollercoaster car and could see in any direction I turned my head; sky, land below and the rails tracks ahead and behind. I was real and very fun. I do not like to ride rollercoasters but I walked away thinking it was great technology. Then I forgot about it.Read More
When was the last time you walked down the street and passed a dog owner walking a four legged version of themselves? We see this all the time. Its fascinating how we choose our own traits in our pets. Your kitchen design should be the same. It should reflection how you cook and what is most important to you when cooking, preparing and storing food. Current trends on the market are about surface finishes and overall "looks", not about the efficiency of a kitchen.Read More
Office design is a design art form in itself or better said, a specialization within interior design. A comprehensive understanding of human psychology is paramount as well as the varying needs of every profession, sound issues, storage and flow. At home we think we can take the easy route, "I only need a desk and chair" you're saying to yourself, but really we all need the same things regardless of where the "office" is: a quiet well designed space where we can focus on the matter at hand rather than trying to find important documents which were poorly filed or not filed at all, good light, natural light access, a supportive chair and a desk which is ample size to meet our needs and storage, storage and more storage.Read More
Colour, its a broad topic and one I like to put front and centre. White is a default and security blanket to many. Its also very popular on social media sites like instagram where people connect better with white interiors. While white is lovely and it has its place, colour adds so much personality its worth trying it out. Life has more taste when you add colour.