Rubble Designs fit out The Foreigner Cafe upcycled style


Rubble Designs are a funky team of upcyclers we have featured before on the blog and happen to love! Today we are sharing one of their most recent projects –  providing interior design advice and a range of custom made recycled timber furniture products for one of Ivanhoe’s newest cafes, The Foreigner. Opening its doors last week, what was once a drab former computer shop, has been totally reborn. The Rubble team worked with the cafe’s owner to create a clever fusion of french provincial and industrial design elements, resulting in a comfortable, light filled space with plenty of character.

I am definitely popping in if I am in the area! The boys recently held a party to celebrate their new business and warehouse, and it certainly looks like they are set to grow! Don’t you love the concept of a team of upcycler’s and designers working with commercial spaces? I can see all sorts of possibilities here and personally would love to work on a project like this one.




One of the first things you notice when you walk in, is the beautiful recycled messmate feature wall which cleverly encloses the kitchen. A rustic bench seat made from mixed recycled floorboards spans the entire length of the cafe and provides seating along one side of the 12 handmade spotted gum cafe tables.


To complement and contrast the recycled timbers in the room the boys have crafted a huge 12-seater communal table from 125 pieces of plywood which were laminated together by hand.

I love this and can’t wait to see what the boys do next! Have you got a great recycle designed cafe or business you can share with us?

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Rubble Designs 














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