Bugger this for a game of soldiers, we’re off to Surry Hills, Sydney, for a cuppa at the newly refurbished Single Origin Roasters. We’re not the only ones dropping in either – the redesign includes a planeload of paratroopers floating down from a geometrically contoured cork cloud. That’s one way to jump the queue I suppose!
The owners did the original design work themselves, but after nine years’ trading it was time for a boost and in came Luchetti Krelle to do the honours. The ceiling cork makes another appearance on the counter front, and sustainable materials have been introduced elsewhere too, but the industrial look here is strong, and metal plays a big part; the aluminium cladding on the lower part of the counter represents the shipping containers used to transport coffee beans – a mural by artist Brett Chan adds charm to the austere. Overhead, the metal shelving has been given supports wrapped in the leather strapping that cyclists use to cover their handlebars, as many of the shop’s customers swing by on their bikes.