Stepping into the office of catering company, Egg Unlimited in Prahran, you could easily be mistaken for believing you’ve stepped into the quarters of an international interior design or architecture firm, such is the exquisite nature of the shop’s design.
It was three months ago Egg’s owner, Julie bought the ground floor retail space almost on the spot – much to the awe and dismay of the real estate agent – and immediately turned to Christopher Elliott for the interior design.
After taking a tour through the commercial kitchen to see first-hand the rows of tiny breads and savoury morsels produced for the next day’s catering rounds, Christopher says he was immediately struck by the geometric repetition in the production.
“ Everything was so meticulously arranged on the plates and I just knew this process had to inform the design aesthetic. And then I saw the circular logo printed on sticker sheets and it all came together in an instant.”
So, working within the brand and colour palette designed by Studio Brave, Christopher got to work in bringing this catering company to life in its new retail space.
“ Everything from the circular tiles, lattice wire stools, the herringbone joinery and even the furniture selection was all informed by the product,” says Christopher.
Watching Julie and Christopher finishing each other’s sentences as they enthusiastically talk about the interiors, it’s clear these two share an intrinsic connection about the nature of Egg’s business and how important it was to reference every element of Egg within the design.
“ It was important for me to create an experience for Julie’s clients, to open the door to the building and feel as if they’d walked into the world of egg.
“ Every decision relating to the design was informed by the business – I chose the chairs with their quilted upholstery in reference to Egg’s range of high-top loaves, and the timber accents are referential to bread-baking crates.”
Pendant lighting from Hermon and Hermon hang perfectly above a custom-designed meeting table by Christopher, while circular timber doorknobs and mint paint-dipped side tables remind you that every single element has been meticulously thought out.
If good design is meant to evoke a sublime sense of serenity, then Christopher’s transformation of Egg Unlimited’s new space ticks all the boxes. Effortless in the face of perfection, it’s almost good enough to eat.