Mister + Miss Café

Creating a sense of intimacy in a lofty warehouse can be a challenge, but this is just what architect Maria Danos has achieved with her clever and cohesive design of Mister + Miss café in Melbourne’s Mont Albert.

After two decades working with MA Architects and Neometro, Maria opened her own practice last year and Mr + Miss was among her first projects.

The brief was to create an exciting suburban café in a warehouse space while balancing the industrial language of the existing building with a measured dose of ‘luxe’ for patrons.

Maria has created a sense of human scale within the lofty space by staging a sculptural bar centrally to create two zones – intimate seating for 1-2 people on one side and a large dining area of the other, which is defined by a series of steel portals.

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“The crafting of Mister + Miss was inspired by the shapes and patterns found in the former life of the building as an auto workshop and the artistry of vintage cars in racing green,” says Maria. “The designs of the fluted concrete bar, rolled lighting pelmets and chair selections have subtle references to the forms of vintage cars, such as the Jaguar E class and the FJ Holden.”

The warehouse had good bones, including exposed steel and timber trusses, masonry floors, walls with deep reveals and a sawtooth roof that bathes the space in natural light.

Maria developed the materials and detailing to balance the language of the existing building but also create a comfortable and inviting space for patrons with warmth and texture.

We’re excited to say that Fibonacci Stone terrazzo tiles were specified to create a dialogue with the existing concrete floors and stripped brick walls. Our Earth terrazzo tiles are featured in striking panels on the walls of Mister + Miss.

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Maria says Fibonacci Stone was her choice due to our excellent sustainability credentials and colour range. “Fibonacci Earth tiles strongly complemented the racing green accents throughout the project,” says Maria. “The use of terrazzo finish translates successfully from a range of modest to luxe applications and the thinness of the tiles offers great versatility in the detailing of the product – easily cut, installed and supported on site.”

It’s a pleasure to see Fibonacci Stone Earth tiles applied in such an innovative way at Mister + Miss and we look forward to seeing more creative projects from Maria Danos.

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