Full cir­cle

A sooth­ing de­sign by Pen­nant & Tri­umph pro­vides a neu­tral back­drop to food’s colour and flair at Pe­tone’s Comes and Goes.

HOME Magazine NZ - - Contents - Text by Talia Carlisle Pho­tog­ra­phy by Thomas Seear-Budd

A de­sign in Pe­tone cel­e­brates cafe life

The cir­cle of life tastes of sweet meringue, ly­chees and black sticky rice at chef Sean Lim’s Wellington es­tab­lish­ment, Comes and Goes.

Lim chose the name to rep­re­sent the con­stant hum of cafe life, with cus­tomers com­ing and go­ing; an idea which de­signer Justin Roderique took on board. He cre­ated a giant cir­cu­lar hole in the wall that show­cases Lim pre­par­ing his sig­na­ture bacon waffle or crumbed-egg dishes. A curved counter with white tim­ber bat­tens curves from the kitchen, past ‘No 18 Bent­wood’ bar stools by Thonet and a slim wall-mounted oak leaner. In the ad­ja­cent room, deep-blue ban­quettes face each other – along with the pol­ished tim­ber floors, they bring a crisp con­trast to the white walls. Dou­glas and Bec lights brighten the pale walls and oak ta­bles are paired with ‘No 18 Bent­wood’ chairs by Thonet.

Lim’s vi­sion was for “some­thing modern and sim­ple, with com­fort­able fea­tures” and Roderique cred­its his client’s trust with en­abling him bring about the trans­for­ma­tion from shabby shop to pol­ished cafe.

“The orig­i­nal space was in very poor con­di­tion and had a num­ber of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing a low ceil­ing, dark fin­ishes and a large struc­tural wall di­vid­ing the space,” says Roderique. “We in­tro­duced a light colour palette, in­clud­ing na­tive tim­ber floors with a white­washed fin­ish, white walls with pale-pink high­lights and white oak to help soften and lighten the cafe.”

That cus­tomers have been queu­ing out the door ev­ery week­end since Comes and Goes opened is tes­ta­ment to the kitchen – but also to the de­sign.

Be­low The counter is clad with painted tim­ber bat­tens.

Above left and above The oak bar and ta­ble tops are paired with ‘No 18 Brent­wood’ barstools and chairs.

Left Deep-blue ban­quettes on both sides of the room add a crisp el­e­ment to the white walls.

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