NOMI’s Skirt Table and Woodstack Chair designed by Tomek Archer feature in Matt Woods’ Japanese-inspired Rabbit Hole Cafe in Redfern, Sydney.
Sydney has had a long rivalry with Melbourne for the title of best-designed interiors, especially when it comes to hospitality venues. Melbourne, renowned for pushing the envelope, held its ground but now Matt Woods is turning the tide here in Sydney.
With venues such as Devon Café in Surry Hills and Barangaroo, Dessert Kitchen, Allegra Dining and Bloodwood as well more than 30 others under his belt, Woods is recognised as one of Sydney’s most innovative interior designers for hospitality. Recently named by Mezzanine in its “top 20 under 40” list, he has been dubbed the disruptor of the Sydney hospitality scene.
In his latest project, Woods has transformed an industrial space in Sydney’s Redfern into The Rabbit Hole organic tea bar. Making the most of the original exposed brick walls and existing timber ceilings, Woods painted and washed them white to reflect the natural light, and with the addition of enlarged windows, he has allowed more light to flood in to exaggerate the space further.
The interior fittings were inspired by Kintsugi – a Japanese art form based on the celebration of imperfections found in ceramic objects. In a nod to this, the serving counter is made up of shards of ceramic tile and the display area is a series of Kintsugi bowls balancing on poles. There is also a chandelier by Chilean artist Valeria Burgoa, which hangs above the serving counter and is made entirely of empty tea bags.
True to Woods’ design ethos of simplicity and sustainability, the furniture solutions were selected with this in mind. NOMI’s Skirt Table and Woodstack Chair seemed like the ideal choice, these cleverly designed, adaptable and functional furniture pieces were customised to seamlessly integrate into this pared-back interior.
The durable Skirt Table is designed with a central circular element, allowing a locking wedge to hold the legs in place. The advantage of this is that no adjusting is required, which is ideal for cafes and restaurant applications.
Designed by Tomek Archer, the Woodstack Chair is a simple, elegant chair made from solid oak and displays a finely carved backrest providing a comfortable ergonomic profile. The geometry of the backrest meets calmly with the back legs, leaving a subtle W shaped ridge to the back of each chair.
The chair has been tailored to suit the space with a clear coat finish, accentuating its timber features to match the raw and honest interior surroundings.
The overall result of combining the original industrial architecture and subdued creative elements that Woods’ design creates, gives a crisp minimalistic feel to the space but invites you to stay and linger to sample the wide selection of teas.
Made for each other — Tailored by you.
Photos by Dave Wheeler.