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In Focus | Naim by The Stella Collective

In Focus | Naim by The Stella Collective

Tradition and modern design go hand in hand for The Stella Collective’s redesign of Brisbane City café, Naim. The café draws on the client’s and designer’s Syrian heritage, which is perfect for a café that produces Middle Eastern food. The designers were inspired by Damascene ‘hole in the wall teahouses’.  Geometric tiling is used as an ode to the old tradition of arabesque tile craft, while an abundance of greenery creates an oasis for customers.

 The light and bright Naim interior design by  The Stella Collective . Photo - Sean Fennessy.

The light and bright Naim interior design by The Stella Collective. Photo - Sean Fennessy.

The mix of curved ceilings and walls embellished with traditional polished plaster (traditionally known as Tadelakt) adds a wonderful contrast with the black steel fixtures and mirrors. Making the most of the natural light that comes through the glass door and windows, Naim is a café that showcases the passion and love that goes into the food and features the character of the Middle East.

 The Naim bathroom interior design by  The Stella Collective . Photo - Sean Fennessy. 

The Naim bathroom interior design by The Stella Collective. Photo - Sean Fennessy. 



In Focus | House in Pogodno by Loft Kolasinski

In Focus | House in Pogodno by Loft Kolasinski

The Two of Us | Jade Nottage + Cushla McFadden

The Two of Us | Jade Nottage + Cushla McFadden