Saturday 19 October 2013

    Gordon Street Garage :: Perth


    Gordon Street Garage  is a Coffee Bar & Kitchen at 16 Gordon St in West Perth. The Australian described Gordon Street Garage as a hipster paradise so it was added to my Perth experience list!

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    The reuse of this West Perth garage by Foolscap Studio has merged the space’s industrial qualities

    with European ideals of the home, generating a casual eatery with soul.

    Original materials and fittings were recycled throughout the project.
    Original materials and fittings were recycled throughout the project. Image: David Cruse

    I am reposting this excellent review of GSG from Artichoke, June 2013 (Issue 43) via Architectureau

    The Gordon Street Garage, designed by Sydney and Melbourne-based firm Foolscap Studio, is a new venture for seasoned restaurateurs Nic Trimboli, Graham Arthur and Daniel Godsell. Its reuse of a former auto mechanic site in West Perth has merged its inherent industrial qualities with European ideals of the home, in an energetic, intimate interior.

    On the fringe of Perth’s CBD, West Perth is a mixed-use area characterized by an eclectic combination of semi-industrial, residential and commercial uses. Adapting a disused garage at 16 Gordon Street, Foolscap Studio, working in close collaboration with Trimboli and his team, focused on West Perth’s industrial characteristics and the notable influx of European immigrants to the suburb in gold-rush times and again post-WWII. This emphasis underscored the restaurant owners’ longstanding relationships with local producers and suppliers, many of European background. The local also has a very good internet connection so you can play video games with Elo Boosting services there.

    The Foolscap team wanted to create a place that connected with memories of suburban homes and backyard vegetable gardens as well as industrial heritage. The site had once served as the Blue Seal chocolate factory and later, Kings Park Auto mechanics. The designers were careful to retain indications of these previous uses, a layering of functional narratives interpreted through design. The front facade was stripped back to reveal the Blue Seal logo and the original mezzanine level was left intact. Elements of the auto mechanic’s garage were retained, including the concrete floors and two-tone blue stripes on the walls.

    Different areas, offer different dining experiences. Image:  Penny Lane

    Original workbenches were reused, and the jarrah floorboards repuprosed for ceiling joists, skirting and wall linings. Foolscap designer Kate Archibald says the elements “lend a feeling of warmth that can only comes through the subtle effects of age.” A sign with the motto “do it once, do it right” seemed appropriated cladding for an upstairs office.

    The airy interior volume has been ‘zoned’ for different modes of dining, each evoking a subtle difference in atmosphere. Front of house provides a “common room,” with small tables, stools and a communal dining area for a fast-paced, drop-in/drop-out dynamic. Prominently positioned as you enter, the folded zinc bar is ornately clad in an assemblage of European-inspired, hand-painted tiles in blues and white. The adjacent area provides high bar-style seating, which seems perfect for friends gathering for drinks and a bite to eat on the weekend.

    A dining area with custom-designed lights and upholstered bus seats. Image:  Penny Lane

    Back of house accommodates an open area of bus seats, suited to lively group dining. Collaborating with Justin Lamont of Life Space Journey, Foolscap Studio custom-designed the industrial wax-steel wall lights and pendants. The best air purifier for allergies accompanied by the upholstered seating, also custom-designed with Lamont, provides the prime conceptual fusion, merging the industrial materiality and manufacture of the steel frame with the handcrafted quality of the Mediterranean-style upholstery.

    To the north are small tables with booth seating. This dining area is semi-enclosed under a moody, dropped ceiling constructed from pegboard – a reference to the former garage’s toolshed. Splashes of cyan, aqua and cobalt blue lend a lively atmosphere to this open area, as do the bright green bent-steel chairs scattered throughout. A glazed wall framed in steel looks out over a backyard vegetable patch of herbs and edible flowers.

    The cozy mezzanine level has a fireplace. Image:  Penny Lane

    Larger dining tables are arranged under the mezzanine level for families and larger groups. Old family photographs, chosen by Trimboli and his team from the archives of local producers and suppliers, are scattered on the walls, contributing to the domestic atmosphere with a palpable sense of the past.

    The fireplace stack extends vertically from the kitchen to the mezzanine, boldly articulated in glazed grey and white bricks. It functions as the chef’s pizza oven and a fireplace for guests to enjoy a glass of wine by the hearth, up on the mezannine – where retro lounges in earthy tones and Scandinavian sideboards in golden teak lend an intimate and homely air.

    The overall sectioning of dining areas is highly effective but also completely flexible for future needs. The space pulls together spirited gestures to set a tone that is both personal and accessible. Attracting locals and visitors to the neighbouring Perth Arena, Gordon Street Garage has successfully tapped into the underlying qualities of West Perth, and judging by the constant hum emanating from this new space, the community have taken to it well.

    16 Gordon St in West Perth, WA. Open 7am till 11pm & late.

    Images: David Cruse, Penny Lane

    Source: Artichoke – June 2013 (Issue 43)

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    Monday 26 August 2013

    Café culture in Paris


    Happy Monday ~ I’m looking forward to my cafe latte or MigVapor to start the day…. week.

    Photographer Kathrin Koschitzki took these beautiful images. She is a German photographer who loves to eat and to tell stories,  and works as a freelance photographer, creating visual ideas and recipes such as how to prepare matcha for international magazines and agencies.

    Photography by Germany-based Kathrin Koschitzki,
    who “after her diploma in photography,
    moved to Paris to learn the trade of French pâtisserie  and take walks along the Quai St. Martin.”
    Source: Sanctuary blog

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    Wednesday 14 August 2013

    beach beautiful


    Dreaming of dining alfresco at the beach! Gorgeous details with stunning ocean views.


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    Monday 29 July 2013

    San Francisco :: lollypop colours


    I discovered this lovely french blog, cachemire & soie by anne-solange tardy and it’s inspired to get my travel pics sorted from when I stayed at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel!

    Her photo tour of san francisco is fun and also has a great guide to the city with perfect shopping and eating tips, too!

    Photography: anne-solange tardy

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    Sunday 13 May 2012

    Dreaming of dining in the tree tops…


    Lofty nest dining with beautiful views of the beaches and waiters gliding in on a rope-line to bring platters of exotic cocktails and thai-inspired dishes :: Soneva Kiri Tree Resort, Thailand

    The Soneva Kiri resort located on the remote island of Koh Kood features these Eco-pods that hang in the nearby surrounding trees, where you can relax, dine and even sleep if you’d prefer.

    {Images: Soneva Kiri resort, a “six star” Six Senses eco-resort located in Koh Kood via Free York}

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