Since Market Lane began in 2009, it’s been our dream to serve and share our coffee in the bustling heart of downtown Melbourne, and we’ve spent a long time looking for the ideal location. When we saw this beautiful shop, located in an iconic heritage building at the leafy end of Collins Street, we knew we had found our new home!
The shop looks out onto the tree-lined boulevard, the Old Treasury Building and adjacent Treasury Gardens. This view inspired the colour palette of designer Sarah Trotter of Hearth, who worked with Market Lane to design the interior.
A note about the design:
Eucalyptus-green walls set a tranquil tone, while custom tessellated floor tiles reflect the building’s Victorian heritage and echo both the presence and the geometrics of the trees outside. The tiles also reference the vestibule and verandah spaces that decorated Collins St at the time the building was constructed.
Another major influence for the interiors is the work of Australian tonalist painter Clarice Beckett (1887-1935), who studied at the College of Art across the street from Portland House. Her painting Collins St, Evening (1933, pictured) depicts the streetscape near 8 Collins Street. Beckett's paintings are atmospheric, warm and engaging, and compatible with Market Lane Coffee’s goal: to create a place to stop and rest and collect your thoughts within the CBD.
The textured fabric walls and seating, and the introduction of blue tones, a cloudy marble stone, and matte walnut cabinetry are all influenced by Beckett’s work, as is the overall visual composition of the space. Copper fixtures are used throughout, linking to the building’s elegant copper-framed façade.
We are serving espresso and filter coffee at this new venue, and selling beans and equipment for home. There are seats outside and in, and the small food menu includes a selection of exquisite cakes from Beatrix Bakes in North Melbourne.
We are so excited to share this news, and we can’t wait to welcome you to our new little spot in the city!