The new au79 café from Mim Design

A transformed auto repair garage is taking pole position in the race for best venue in Abbotsford thanks to a new interior from Mim Design.

Au79, which takes its name from a combination of the symbol and atomic number for gold, is a multi-functional space with an indoor botanic garden, café, bakery, patisserie, and coffee roaster. It’s filled with natural light, lush greenery and inviting spaces and combines contemporary finishes with references to its past.

The front bar is our favourite area of the venue, although we may be biased – it features Fibonacci stone terrazzo tiles in Nougat. The nougat Terrazzo Tiles combine subtle tones of white, beige, grey and dusty pink to complement a bold or neutral interior scheme.

Mim Design is an award-winning Melbourne-based studio known for its commitment to quality and attention to detail. Led by founder and managing director Miriam Fanning, it has a diverse portfolio that spans high-end residential, retail, hospitality and corporate projects

Emma Mahlook, Mim Design’s creative director, says inspiration for the Au79 interior was taken from a variety of places, “from the venue’s new focus on roasting, to the curved rubber marks the old tyres made on the walls, which referenced the building – a previous car repair garage,” she explains.

Au79 measures a generous 600m2 and features authentic materials, textured surfaces, brass accents and earthy elements. The botanic theme extends to a hand-illustrated feature wall from Mim Design artist in residence, Sammy David, which stands opposite the in-house coffee roasting room.

Remnants of the venue’s former life are easy to see. Four-metre high windows showcase the original structure and provide space for natural light to flood in. The original garage door also remains in place.

Au79 combines great food, fresh coffee and a winning design. We think it’s as good as gold.

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