Filmmaker Wes Anderson’s idiosyncratic visual style inspired the design of The Budapest Café in Melbourne, which follows the success of The Budapest Café in Chengdu, China. Drawing on our appetite for modern abstract art, design and hospitality, Biasol Studio evolved the design experience to create an immersive, gallery-like experience. Minimising the built form maximised the space and the impact of colour in the imaginative and evocative space. Bold, offbeat elements encourage patrons to engage with the design, and the natural earthy palette exudes warmth, texture and character and reflects the local design sensibility.
Corian® was the perfect selection as Biasol Studio wanted a non-porous surface that prevents marks and stains, and most importantly given its a commercial environment, be easily maintained and cleaned. The Corian® Vanilla colour fit perfectly within the the materiality palette.
Drawing on our appetite for modern abstract art, design and hospitality, Biasol Studiocreated an immersive gallery-like experience through an exploration of form, function and colour. There is a bolder approach to the design elements, while still optimising the space to its fullest capacity. Arched-shaped banquette seating wraps around the front beneath a double-height space, with a communal bar table through the centre. A tunnelled arch leads patrons deeper into the café and frames the point-of-sale counter at the end. The back wall is adorned with a narrow stair leading nowhere. Another staircase is likewise framed in an arched recess, encouraging patrons to engage with the design and capture and share the quirky, stylised images.
Minimising the built form allowed Biasol Studio to maximise the impact of colour. Colour played an integral part of this design. Selecting Corian® was practical and functional to work with the minimal material palette.