header-er.jpg
Project of the Week

Edition Roasters by Amber Road Design

Read time 3 minutes

  • Design House: Amber Road Design
  • Project Name: Edition Roasters
  • Location: Haymarket, Sydney, Australia
  • Area: 110m²

A moody palette of black, charcoal and inky indigos set the tone for Edition Roasters, a Sydney-based café designed by Amber Road Design.

The combination of a dark colour scheme and long-established Japanese architectural features, gives this small eatery the illusion of traditional Japanese rural life. Yet its real context is somewhat more modern.

Take a quick tour of the project below.

Edition Roasters seeks to reference traditional Japanese culture.
Edition Roasters seeks to reference traditional Japanese culture.
This organic all-black fit-out is forever in a state of flux. It's reflective polished render deviates from inky indigoes to warmer brown hues depending on light filtration through the ethereal charcoal cotton drops.

Despite the dark colours chosen for the café, the venue is incredibly light. Wide-open windows line the front wall of the building, and a variety of soft, organic materials are used throughout. From the first look, Edition Roasters is an intriguing yet welcoming space for passers-by.

The space uses a moody colour palette, paired with a selection of raw, organic materials.
er3.jpg
The space uses a moody colour palette, paired with a selection of raw, organic materials.

Even more tantalising are the number of different dining experiences available to the consumer. Three distinct seating areas exist within the café.

Patrons can choose at the chef's kitchen (pictured above), where high stools offer a clear view of the food-making process.Alternatively, there is the option of more intimate seating - found through smaller tables at the rear - or a more cultural experience sat along a sunken perimeter under a maple tree (pictured below).

Sunken seating allows patrons to feel more connected with Japanese culture.
Sunken seating allows patrons to feel more connected with Japanese culture.

The concept for this sunken set-up was cleverly designed to facilitate the traditional idea of Japanese 'zaisu' seating. As Amber Road establish for us, 'zaisu' roughly means 'a chair with no legs' and was used in Japanese culture to encourage ease and comfort when dining.

For this project, the 'zaisu' seats were custom made and upholstered in linen with a typical Japanese stitching style.

I wanted old Japan whilst still remaining relevant to the modern-day clientele. By bringing in traditional elements like the sunken seating, our Japanese staff are reminded of home.
Here we see the tradition 'zaiso' style seating used.
er6.jpg
Here we see the tradition 'zaiso' style seating used.

Continuing the ode to Japanese traditions, the venue also incorporates traditional 'shou sugi ban' timber into its design. This classic style of timber block was embedded into the new concrete pour, creating the illusion that the concrete had worn thin and the original detail was exposed.

This unique feature also tied in perfectly with the client's desire to create a space which looked as if it had been in existence for years, a stark contrast to Sydney's typical style.

The bar area is clad with beautiful, rich textures.
The bar area is clad with beautiful, rich textures.
Every detail throughout the café pays reference to classical tradition and culture.
er9.jpg
Every detail throughout the café pays reference to classical tradition and culture.
More from Project of the Week
ESBEC.jpg
Project of the Week
Es Bec d'Aguila by Atelier du Pont
BF.jpg
Project of the Week
Helios 710 by Maria Speake & Bella Fraud
themicon.jpg
Project of the Week
The Makers Apartment by Bergman & Mar
More epic reads
nw thumbnail.png
Interviews
Is a circle of trust the key to creativity? We turn to Nick Jordan from Wish for the answer.
FW Thumbnail.png
Industry insights
Is interior design wedded to fashion?
curves thumbnail.png
Edits
12 products with curves in all the right places.