A run of the mill commercial space has been transformed into an industrial style cafe with a rustic timber fit-out. Pleasingly, the owners Malcolm, and Danielle Watts and Scott Higginbotham (a Wallabies player), designed and built the mezzanine and most of the furniture themselves using an array of recycled timber and methods.
A friend of Malcolm’s builds and sells timber pieces and Malcolm spied these old stumps in his back yard in Darra and thought they looked interesting. The rusty steel socket and stumps used to be footings for the old Nambour Hospital.
The cafe signs are made out of the thin strips of timber from old pallets. The same pallet strips trim the mirrors inside.
To make the tables, Mal’s builder, Andrew Golder used combusted pieces of timber called Cambia. Heat modifying timber is an ancient technique which hardens wood and increase its durablity in the weather. For Mal’s tables, the process not only hardened the surfaces, but also made the timber dark and sleek. Once the timber was roasted, the boards were glued together.
The copper water pipes servicing the coffee machine and sink were turned into a shiny feature and bear the cafes initials.
Mal and Scott built the Mezzanine out of Victorian Ash.
Delicious braised beef cheek pie with wedges.
It looks like an interior designer had been hired for the Moose and Gibson fit-out and is pleasantly surprising to find the owners fashioned the space themselves. Mal, Danielle and Scott also own Leaf Espresso in Tarragindi and will be turning their talent towards a new cafe soon.
Photos by Amy Cook and Duncan Ward.