New Look: News Cafe

WORDS Michaela Stehr IMAGES Tristan du Plessis

Tristan du Plessis, of local interior design and architecture firm StudioA, recently redesigned the News Cafe in Joburg’s Rosebank, the first outlet to take on a new look.

The brief was to “create a News Cafe that is a step in a new direction for the brand, placing importance on artisanal cocktails and craft beer paired with a broad and interesting new menu,” explains Tristan.

The overall aesthetic exudes a raw, urban feel. The interior makes use of reconstructed wood panelling, raw brick, marble and 3D slatted feature walls. A large sign inspired by downtown New York hangs over the bar, creating a soft, glowing atmosphere. “The back bar wall detail is a face chipped from pre-existing plaster in painstaking detail and the central four-metre long chandelier is made from recycled pieces of glass bottles and strung together in copper wire by a team of people from a local underprivileged community,” says Tristan.

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