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Poacher & Hound

A new hospitality project by Technē Architecture + Interior Design has opened in Mount Waverley in Victoria.

Technē ‘s design for Poacher & Hound fuses natural material, brass and graphic elements as a physical representation of the poacher and hound narrative. “The space is imagined as the found sanctuary of a harsh terrain traveller, creating refined resources which are of the land,” says Technē student architect Brad Mitchell. “Brass objects scattered throughout the space are found treasured pieces, bridging between the natural elements and the fine graphic elements.”

A key feature of the refined and mature space is the rattan and ply planter/waiters station, paired with a plate steel bar against a cement render. “Rattan is light, durable and flexible material with a proven timelessness,” says Technē senior associate Steve McKeag. “It offers a valuable contribution to hospitality ventures in creating texture and interest, and is easily complemented by metal and concrete elements.”

Other materials like terracotta, brick and granite gravel build texture within the space. Local makers have been included in the fit out, including hand-crafted tables by Jardan and Melbourne Iron & Steel, and stools by Mark Tuckey and Dowel Jones.

The cafe is the first Technē project to feature work by Mitchell, who launched into the design scene last year after winning the inaugural Mercedes-Benz Design Award by Broadsheet for his refined, freestanding planter design, Noughts And Crosses.

“It is an important part of the Technē ethos to foster emerging architectural talents such as Mitchell, offering valuable and genuine experiences in the industry,” McKeag says.

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