Cafe Stellini designed by Sketchlab Design Studio located at Kensington Uni was inspired by a classic ‘Italian Cantina’. Rachelle Bundis of Sketchlab was inspired by a 1950’s photo of a group of young women playfully eating spaghetti at a dinner table. Bundis says, “this image evoked a sense of the bygone days – 1950 Italian Cantinas that are today somewhat nostalgic and a bit retro. The Cantina in Italy brings back fond memories, as it is best known as a neighbourhood restaurant that is warm, cheerful and patronized by local and steady clientele. My client wished to create this and Sketchlab has taken these concepts and reinterpreted them with a modern aesthetic”. The Space was designed for chef/restaurateur Riccardo Roberti with culminating and critical recognition for his restaurant Blackwater in San Souci. I simply love the materials pallet consisting of a warm ochre concrete floor and a mixture of hand made tiles from skheme enclosing the kitchen area teamed with recycled black-butt for the front servery. But look a little closer cafe Stellini is layered with a high level of well executed finishes and storage right down to the “like us on FB” chopping board hanging in the kitchen!
Story by Richard Misso. To see more by Sketchlab Design Studio . Photography courtesy of Sketchlab