In the heart of Chapel Street, South Yarra, one of Melbourne’s prominent fashion retail strips, Lucky Penny Café commenced trading in mid-2014, after one of the owners found, by chance, a penny on the ground.
“This serendipitous moment not only gave the cafe its name, but also trigged a chain of events that led to the beautiful venue opening its doors.” says Biasol: Design Studio.
“As an interior design project, Lucky Penny was challenged by Chapel Street’s reputation for fashion retail. Biasol: Design Studio needed to break any pre-existing presumptions locals had, so the studio aimed to create a cafe that would stand out on the busy retail strip, as well as welcome locals.”
“The venue conveys a lived-in, homelike feel with a Scandinavian influence. The use of authentic and original materials that were exposed and retained during construction, as well as the addition of reclaimed timbers and striped back-and-white brick walls. Blonde timber floors, white paneled ceilings, pale greys, woven fabrics and tan leathers all add the modern interpretation of vintage Scandinavian inspired venue.”
“The design captures a contemporary balance, combining vintage with modern. Constructed from locally sourced reclaimed and weathered timbers, the main cafe bar is lined with vintage grey metal pendants, accompanied by shelf space for the display of homemade preserves. High tables and greenery from Pop Plant run along the main wall adjoining the bar; minimal clutter offers a sense of ease and comfort; while overhanging desk lamps create intimacy throughout the main dining area.”
Name of the project: Lucky Penny
Location of the project (city/country): Melbourne, Australia
Category: Hospitality – Café Restaurant