Melbourne’s strong Italian heritage is well reflected in our culinary obsessions, – try counting its proliferation of coffee houses, pasta bars and delicatessens. And when it comes to sweet-treats, true Italian-style gelato is a delicacy that seams to defy trends – and even seasons – it’s a year-round pleasure.
Leading Melbourne design practice Hecker Guthrie have created a mouth-watering look for the new St Kilda favourite, Piccolina Gelateria, giving a big nod to the celebrated 1960s Italian era of ‘la dolce vita’ (literally, the sweet life). A palette of green and white, with warm timber touches creates a fresh backdrop for the store, which been designed to bring people together in the enjoyment of choosing and enjoying the traditional flavours.
This palette is enhanced with the use of Fibonacci Stone’s Khaki Jam tiles underneath the open-counter and on the entrance floor. Perfect for this seaside setting, Khaki Jam’s design pays homage to natural landscapes of muted greens, browns, rusts and greys, and is brilliant for blending into a subtle room scheme such as at Piccolina Gelateria. Set within an earthy bone-hued cement base, the mixture of mostly warm shards and stones are given freshness by cool khakis, pale olive and laurel – a mix that sounds almost as delectable as a Piccolina’s gelato.
In this era, with customers demanding that the design and appearance of a store is equally as satisfying as the goods they produce, it’s always a pleasure to be involved in projects of this calibre, and we congratulate both Piccolina Gelateria and Hecker Guthrie on another sweet success.
Photography by Shannon McGrath