IN­NER BEAUTY

The Ket­tle Black, a se­ri­ously cool new cafe in south Mel­bourne

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A FAVOURITE OF late sleep­ers and early lunch­ers alike, beau­ti­ful brunch spots have been pop­ping up all about the place in re­cent years. The Ket­tle Black in South Mel­bourne is one such lo­cale. From the team be­hind muchloved Mel­bourne eater­ies Higher Ground and Top Pad­dock is this space. It’s more fine-din­ing-break­fast than hum­ble cafe, yet the mood here is laid-back and breezy. The white- on-white her­itage 1880s Vic­to­rian ter­race looks some­what awk­wardly wedged be­neath the mod­ern Fifty Albert apart­ment build­ing, but there’s noth­ing clumsy about the de­sign. A mix of con­tem­po­rary tex­tures, from tiles to wood and pol­ished con­crete, sits com­fort­ably next to orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian flour­ishes. “The old and new are seam­lessly linked by the el­e­gant play­ful­ness of the foyer,” says Hana Hakim (for­merly of Stu­dio You Me and now of The Stella Col­lec­tive). Re­strained brass touches and ac­cents of pistachio ice-cream green lend a seren­ity to the cafe. “The pri­mary am­bi­tion was to cre­ate a feel-good space that was sim­ple, well-crafted and hon­est,” says Hana. Put the ket­tle on – we’ll be stop­ping by! 50 Albert Road, South Mel­bourne; theket­tle­black.com.au

NAME : THE KET­TLE BLACK LO­CA­TION: SOUTH MEL­BOURNE DE­SIGN FIRM: STU­DIO YOU ME

CLOCK­WISE FROM FAR LEFT: Ac­cents of pistachio green lend a sense of seren­ity; The de­sign mixes con­tem­po­rary and orig­i­nal touches; The Ket­tle Black is housed in a Vic­to­rian ter­race; A laid-back and breezy mood.

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