Cafe Rumah/15 Sheets

71 Cambell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Head Contractor: Liteco Constructions
Size: 260 sqm
Photographer: Jude Watson

15 Sheets is a menswear store with a small Malaysian cafe attached to it, a concept that blurs the boundaries between retail and hospitality and originated in the fast paced cities of Asia. The owners spend their time between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney and wanted to bring the unique retail experience to the local Australian market.
The aesthetic brief required us to acknowledge the existing look and feel of the Malaysian store but respond with something that was on brand and “distinctively Sydney”.

The 2 storey terraced tenancy has some fantastic quirky features and wherever possible the inherent architecture was not only kept in-tact but exposed and celebrated as part of the fit out.
White brick walls provide a neutral backdrop for warm plywood feature displays and herringbone detailed panels that draw inspiration from traditional fabric weaves. Vintage cream tiles wrap around the POS counter and the food service counter with high ceilings that give the store a light and airy feel.
The food offering, Cafe Rumah is separately branded but flows seamlessly with the store design creating a holistic retail experience for the everyday man about town.