The much-loved Melbourne coffee brand has opened its newest café in the departure lounge of the international terminal, with a warm and welcoming venue designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA).
The café has a deep and sophisticated palette with wood panelling, brass, marble and leather seating. A dark-green banquette snakes along one wall of the ST. ALi and is upholstered in Pelle’s Panorama leather. JCBA selected Panorama in Leaflitter for its natural grain, soft handle and durability in food and beverage venues.
Panorama is a pigmented leather that retains its natural grain and exhibits inherent hallmarks and variations. It has an ultra-smooth finish and soft handle due to being vacuum dried in the tanning process, and it has high durability and light fastness. Able to withstand wear, knocks and spills, Panorama stands up to the demanding conditions of high-traffic areas such as airports and cafés.
Graphic artworks feature on the wall above the banquette and add an urban Melbourne edge. Richard Ellis, ST. ALi’s in-house creative director, designed the collage of posters, and artist Darren Wardle painted the bespoke six-piece mural as a nod to ST. ALi’s South Melbourne laneway location.
Image credit: Derek Swalwell