Our clients approached us just before signing their lease in the heart of Ponsonby. We were able to catch onto the project in its first stages which allowed Pocketspace to have input on the business positioning and brand outcome. In turn, this provided us with the fundamentals to create an interior that reflected Dahlia. This was a great opportunity to have full grasp on the space plan and function of the space, as well as creating a whole interior concept.
Because of the spatial constraints and the client’s objective to accommodate their customers, we resolved the most effective layout with the counter positioned at the back and dine-in seating along the right hand wall. A contemporary seating option on the left wall was created to cater for the client’s business model; a coffee, patisserie, and made-to-order dessert bar with the option of takeaway.
Varied seating options caters for all moods and foods offered at Dahlia. With small spaces, a great way to achieve spatial interest is by providing different height lines.
The interior aesthetics were soon distinguished; a dessert bar that is comforting, luxurious, and warm toned. Against strong mediums such as concrete, marble, and walnut, we were able to inject colour and comfort through soft navy velvet. The client loved our suggestion of opulent gold tones matched with walnut.
The recently released Emma Hayes Pressed Petals wallpaper was a perfect fit for our clients and their brand. Matched with organic pendant lighting, a romantic and ambient atmosphere was created. This is a strong feature of the interior during the day, but more importantly at night. Dimmable lighting was specified to control the atmosphere dependant on the time of day, and also placed strategically to flood the walls and cast controlled shadows.
The counter is made with hexagonal marble mosaic tiles, with a Ceasarstone Topus Concrete top. A LED strip along the bottom of the counter provided float though ambient light to augment the atmospheric features.
The tonal variations in this design highlight the beauty and focus that is patisserie and desserts. We transcribed this art form through Greenpoint Florist’s unique pieces, a series of seasonal, natural shapes.
A concrete bar leaner with a waterfall edge emerges from the floor, depicting the shadows of the branches on the functional piece.
Our clients sourced their own trades therefore communication was crucial. Final execution was fast paced and the package and support provided by Pocketspace was comprehensive.
Being in Ponsonby gave the opportunity to emphasise the specialised business focus, and target a market surrounded by successful eateries. We are thrilled with the final outcome of this project and feel that it fits perfectly with Dahlia’s offering and its customers.