Toby’s Estate

Studio Tate worked with Australian coffee brand Toby’s Estate to create a café integrated into the ground floor of the new Commonwealth Bank office building at Darling Square. The design was created around the historic idea of a treasury and its refined, opulent aesthetic.

The interiors feature rich tones and warm, metallic finishes to evoke the gravitas of traditional treasury design. Materials reinforce the old-school feel, with dark green stone and classic selections of black, green and white marble, along with plush velvet for seating. Vintage sensibility is found in details such as the bullnose benchtops, replete with brass kick rails and high bars with integrated lighting, reminiscent of bankers’ desks.

The space is divided into demarcated options of high bars, lounge settings, booths and communal dining with upholstered banquettes have small stone ledges to the rear resting a cup of coffee.


Photography by Felix Forest