No. 19, As­cot Vale,Vic

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NAME: NO. 19

A NON-DESCRIPT shop­ping strip in the Mel­bourne suburb of As­cot Vale seems an in­con­gru­ous set­ting for some­where like No. 19, the highly stylised yet time­less cafe owned by Domenic and Diana Caruso. Work­ing with Mel­bourne-based cre­ative stu­dio Bi­a­sol, the fin­ished space man­ages to com­mu­ni­cate a wel­com­ing feel in spite of the fact it is ren­dered al­most com­pletely in


con­crete. “We ini­tially asked for a con­crete lot,” says Domenic of the de­sign. “Lit­er­ally a space that looked like it had been erected from the ground up and be­longed in the mid­dle of NYC, part of the con­crete jun­gle.” The de­sign was in­spired by the Greek del­i­catessens that flour­ished in Mel­bourne in the 1950s, con­vivial places that fos­tered a sense of com­mu­nity, much like No. 19 to­day.


Light streams into the body of the cafe through sky­lights in the 4.5-me­tre-high ceil­ings, with shots of vi­brant Aegean blue adding to the airy vibe. Sleek brass fit­tings pro­vide an ex­tra layer of el­e­gance. Bi­a­sol also had a hand in ev­ery­thing from the coast­ers to the crock­ery, ef­fec­tively mar­ry­ing the in­te­ri­ors to the No. 19 brand to de­light­ful ef­fect. 214 Union Road, As­cot Vale;

CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT: No. 19’s light filled space; An el­e­gant brass theme plays through­out; Even the drinks coast­ers were part of the de­sign con­cept; The stream­lined wa­ter sta­tion; Pops of blue and green­ery soften the sleek con­crete on con­crete aes­thetic.

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