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Sensory Lab in Sydney by Studio 11:11

10.07.2019

Recently completing the interior design for Sensory Lab cafe in Sydney, Studio 11:11 explored a rich, theatrical approach, aligned with the cafe group’s ongoing vision to bring unique and engaging sensory experiences. Brought to life by referencing the cabinet of curiosities — part collector’s gallery and part apothecary chamber — Studio 11:11 found a sophisticated balance between a nostalgic notion and a modern day interior.


Reflecting the studio's goal of creating calm through the use of a natural and neutral palette with permanence in mind, the interior features a muted palette and timber mouldings paired with shiny chrome fittings and sleek, square set angles. A curated selection of one-off antique silverwares adorn the shelves, conveying the story of wonder and intrigue through to the minor details. 

An artfully designed central table continues this story. Solid walnut timber is offset by the insertion of modern concrete monoliths. On top of these plinths, a landscape of glass vitrines house more of the curio, inviting people to gather around a central focus and view the collection of artifacts over a cup of coffee.


The skillful use of finishes seamlessly blends the slightly worn and familiar with the polished and contemporary, once again reflecting Studio 11:11’s considered approach to materiality. Hammered velvet, distressed timber, and tactile wall paint gives a nod back to a time full of charm and romance. The period style bar cabinet is lined internally with hyper-modern chrome and mirror. Overall, a thoughtful combination of old and new.

Photography by Nicholas John Wilkins  

Intriguing and softly lit, this beautiful space really does invite you to immerse yourself in the unique Sensory Lab experience. I look forward to visiting next time I'm in Sydney!

If you'd like to see more from Studio 11:11, take a look at the Mt Eliza Kitchen project - a favourite featured on TDC last year. 


Just on a side note, I am currently in Copenhagen on a design tour, so the blog will be quiet this week. I look forward sharing plenty of exciting content with you following my trip! 

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