Material exploration was the focus for Studio -Gram in their newest design for pastry chef Jonny Pisanelli’s patisserie and espresso bar. Abbots & Kinney is a tribute to Californian icon Abbot Kinney, who brought the magic of Venice to Los Angeles in 1905.
Pisanelli himself, was inspired to bring fine Italian coffee and artisanal pastries to Adelaide. It was important to Jonny that the café take on its own personality, that it set itself apart from other cafés, and that it should be as bespoke as the pastries that come from his oven. The space is split on the diagonal, with one side constructed with custom-made timber framing, and the other side flushed and painted a matte black to match the sleek espresso machine.
The wooden beams are layered and exquisitely tailored free of linings and folded to reveal the oft-overlooked construction techniques, every joinery item, including the bin, are bespoke elements, every joint was measured against tradition, and expressed in a contemporary manner, a true reflection of the client’s craft.