To celebrate the launch of Softer Volumes: Cafés—our hardcover book exhibiting beautifully-designed coffee shops around the world—in this article we've highlighted a selection of the best minimalist café designs. Showcased here are pared-back spaces that ensure the focus remains directly on the specialty coffee they serve.
Carter Lovett is a family-run, neighbourhood favourite offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Setting up shop as an espresso bar, cafe, wine bar and bistro, it's quickly gained a strong local following since opening in late-2019. Softer Volumes spoke to co-owner Mary-Jane Daffy about the venue's unique concept, contemporary design and elevated menu.
Bottega is a modern Italian restaurant with a warm atmosphere that spills out onto the street in the heart of one of Melbourne’s best-known dining precincts. Softer Volumes spoke with owner Denis Lucey and head chef Dusty Treweek to find out more about Bottega’s unique offering, how it’s stood the test of time, and what makes the restaurant's distinctive menu so inviting.
Melbourne has a lot to offer when it comes to men's fashion (as well as women's). From multi-label retailers to flagship brand stores and local outposts, our team has compiled a list of favourite menswear shops.