Bentwood, with its vast brick, stucco facade and near floor-to-ceiling windows, occupies a large corner site on Fitzroy’s leafy Napier Street. The fit-out makes use of rich tones of burgundy, brown and orange. It’s warm but luxe, with soft leather banquettes, blonde-timber Bentwood chairs and exposed brick.
The building was once home to the Thonet furniture showroom – coincidentally where Moussi bought chairs for his first cafe. Little brass plates remain in the brickwork floor referring to different chair models, such as Le Corbusier and Bresso. Look up: you’ll see a tessellating pattern of red-steel squares filled with a subtle amber glow.
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