Mister Close

by Russell & George

When two childhood friends from the 1980s decided to open a café together, they drew inspiration from their favourite geography teacher, Mr. Close.

Known for his black moustache and dark-rimmed glasses, Mr. Close was a popular amongst students and inspired them to do good. His namesake café has been fitted in his honour – since he loved the accordion – with timber furnishings that mimic the instrument’s shape and hang across the space’s ceiling.

‘The whole thing is designed to make people think and engage with the space in the safety of a protected environment - really like a school,’ says Byron George, who designed the café for Russell & George.

All furniture was custom designed for the space, carefully considering geometry. Circles and triangles are used throughout, joined in unconventional ways; it looks like small tables could topple over, while large tables are large from one angle and impossibly thin from another.

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