A state of the art coffee roasting facility lands in Brunswick

Storepro partnered with YourCoffee to deliver a new specialty contract coffee roasting facility, with a state of the art design that comprises an office, factory and presentation room. YourCoffee’s difference is their ability to produce specialty coffee that although micro batch roasted, can be scaled into commercial amounts.

The team at YourCoffee are committed to being open and transparent throughout the roasting process, and the design of their space had to reflect that. The end product is an interactive experience that centres around the roasting process, with each room of the building having a view out onto the factory floor. This allows staff, visitors and customers to always be connected to the product and process, from raw to roasting, packaging, delivery and beyond.

The building itself presented as dilapidated and not structurally sound, meaning Storepro had to work closely with the client to strategically introduce structural engineering as required, without compromising design intent. The presentation room, offices and cupping room boast feature doors, windows and ceilings, made of solid cedar wood and bespoke on-site finishing.

The bespoke design elements by coordinated by Storepro throughout the project were vast, and included the full size gantry and walkway, new AC mechanical/fire engineering and the restructuring of mezzanine floors. Storepro also coordinated the commissioning of specialised coffee roasting machinery from the USA, not seen anywhere else in Australia.

By overcoming compliance restraints without compromising design ambition or exceeding budget, Storepro was able to deliver a space that is reflective of the quality and dedicated operations of this unique brand; and we thoroughly look forward to collaborating on more upcoming projects together.

See the project update and images here

A breath of Shanghai, in Central Sydney.

Everything at Lotus Dining’s fifth restaurant, Madame Shanghai, is meticulously considered.

The restaurant, whose name was coined for its celebration of Shanghainese street food, follows a string of the group’s high-end designs scatted throughout the heart of Sydney’s dining precinct. From the intricate detail in the textures and joinery, to the carefully balanced chilli accompaniment to your dumplings, Madame Shanghai echoes effortless sophistication.

Attention to detail is paramount in the venue’s design and fitout, with variations on texture attributed to each feature. The ‘green’ room, or cocktail and open kitchen area, has a beautiful restored marble herringbone floor and oriental lanterns that frame the bar and open kitchen. The ‘blue’ room has a more traditional feel, with a feature ceiling, mirrored walls and custom plush carpet.


The most impactful feature in this fitout however, has to be the lighting. Carefully placed LED strip lighting enhances the mood and design details, accompanying strategically placed lanterns and tea lights throughout the venue.  A well designed lighting plan equals ambience, and Madame Shanghai has an abundance of both.

Tara Sullivan, the Group General Manager of Lotus Dining Group, met with us in July to talk about the project. Watch the video above for the story of Madame Shanghai.



General Pants Bourke St Store Opening

Storepro’s collaboration with General Pants on their new Bourke St store has seen the brand move away from the lush wall-gardens and raw exposed timber that previously gave the stores a strong, earthy aesthetic. In it’s place, General Pants has stripped back the nature-oriented wildness and become a nest of urban art and industrial design.

Polished concrete and steel panels are punctured with exposed bolts and line the open space on each wall, while product hangs ‘front facing’, creating sleek, black scaffold-style displays. Clothes are elevated, becoming ‘works of design’ in their own right.

As a finishing touch, in homage to the tags and scribbles of street art that web across Melbourne’s laneway walls, artist Mayonaize was commissioned to lace the store’s interior with his unique calligraphic style of spray painting, as fluid and energetic as the vibe in-store.