El Nacho Grande 3.0 at the CC Cafe

The Caterpillar Cafe

Earlier this year we were contacted by a client who requested that we assist in the design and build of a feature Coffee Station for the opening of their takeaway shop the Hungry Caterpillar Cafe. After an inspection and design meeting we were on the way! We used a massive slab of Oregon timber from an old house in Ivanhoe for the main feature on the station island. We also added a shelf underneath and finished it with heavy duty castors for easy movement.

El Nacho Grande 2.0 (rear view cc cafe)


EL Nacho Grande 2.0 was born! This was sure to be an eye opener for the coffee patrons as the rustic white wash tones and brushed steel façade of the HC Café made a stunning statement.

We were also commissioned to custom build a 3.0 m piece that would act as another workstation and also house a Baine Marie. This was going to be a challenge that the NSF just couldn’t resist. Game on. The plan was to follow the same style as the original E.N.G. and add two shelves along with moving castors. The build needed to be super strong to house the Bain Marie, smart and simple while following it’s now baby brother EL Nacho Grande 2.0.

The El Nacho Grande 3.0 had timber facade against the fronts installed with a weathered off white finish. We also added the client’s lovely logo with a hand stencil painting job that was slightly weathered for a worn look. We also adhered to Health and Safety regulations by using a food safe poly resin for all the tops and shelves underneath. The resulting pieces out were unique and make a statement upon entry and exit of the Hungry Caterpillar Café. Our very happy client said this:

“Everyone loves your bench tops. We adore them. It’s been pure pleasure working with you. I will definitely be calling you when we renovate our place…. All the best in your future ventures. I just hope you don’t get so busy that you won’t answer my calls in a year or so, because finding someone like you is a rarity! I wish you all the success in the future.”

CB from the Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

So if you’re in the area or heading down or back from Mornington, Phillips Island or anywhere around Keysborough stop in and say hi to Ish for a great coffee and great takeaway at the Hungry Caterpillar Cafe at 3/25 -27 Cambria Rd, Keysborough, 3173

Hamptons Style….The “Quogue”
rustic coffee table, tables & benches, rustic melbourne, the quogue

While on a recent trip to the states I was commissioned by a client in the Hamptons. She had a very particular style in mind for a small feature table in her stunning Hampton’s home. She wanted to follow a similar style to a William Sonoma table that she saw online. She also found us online and since I was going to be in New York we were able to work out a design and the time to build the “Quogue”.

We picked out some gorgeous American Maple Hardwood and got into the build and overall finish. The lines are very clean much to the NSF style but the finish was much smoother then our usual rustic tones. What transpired was an inspirational build and finish with our client very open to the metamorphous of the table.

We both contemplated and mulled over the finish but then she just settled on simple tung oil to let the piece just shine.

Quoque Coffee Table

I had the idea of leaving the edges while showing the exposed bark on the bottom ends. The result was a very unique contrast of a super high end silky smooth finish you can do the moonwalk on and sides having a touch of girth with the bark being exposed. Our client couldn’t have been happier and we left NY in good spirits.

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