Slowpoke Espresso Cafe by Anne-Sophie Poirier, Fitzroy, Australia

July 19th, 2011 by retail design blog

The Slowpoke Espresso Cafe in Fitzroy, Australia is the ultimate spot for anyone looking for a cozy cafe experience. With a warm timber wall, glazed pottery, white ceramics and delicious pastries lining the counters, the Slowpoke looks like a place you could hang out all day long from breakfast through afternoon tea. But what really stands out about the design is that the decoration of this cafe by Anne-Sophie Poirier of Sasufi was done with all recycled and reclaimed materials! Timber offcuts from local furniture makers were use to create a puzzlerific wooden wall and recycled flooring forms the impeccable counters.

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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