The story behind award-winning Melbourne café Kitty Burns is enough to make you skip right down there for a glass of merlot or a macchiato. Not only is it packed full of history, it has also been recognised for its well-considered, timeless interior design.
The name Kitty Burns comes from the tale of two spirited sisters who lived in Abbotsford at the turn of the 20th century and used to entertain themselves with a skipping rope in the backstreets. Kitty Minogue and Alma Burns are in fact the original Skipping Girls – their brother sketched their iconic image, which won a competition for the Skipping Girl brand of vinegar and went on to inspire the first animated sequence neon sign in Australia. Split their names, rejoin them and presto – their legacy lives on in this buzzing hospitality spot near the banks of the Yarra in Abbotsford.
The Nordic-style interior is designed by Biasol Design Studio and features a simple timber palette with fresh aqua and pale yellow. It has a soaring pitched roof, a strong element of greenery and Fibonacci Stone platinum terrazzo tiles on the benches. With its fine grain, neutral palette of warm greys, beige and bold accents, our Platinum terrazzo is a perfect complement to Kitty Burns’ design.
Rightly so, Biasol’s design for Kitty Burns was recently recognised as the best international cafe design in the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in September. With more than 5000 entries from the UK and 70 other countries in the past seven years, the awards attract the world’s top designers, hospitality operators and judges. It’s a well-deserved accolade for this Melbourne-based design studio.
Hats off to Kitty Burns and Biasol. The café represents the perfect combination of great food, clever design and a history that should never be skipped over.