Mr. Close – Melbourne

Mister Close (as in not far) is a sanctuary where you least expect it offering the wide selection of seasonal food made daily in their kitchen. The two founders of Mister Close  met in Year 8.  Mister Close was their Geography & home room teacher.


Known for his black moustache and dark-rimmed glasses, Mister Close was popular amongst students and inspired them to do good. His namesake café has been fitted in his honour – since he loved the accordion – with timber furnishings that mimic the instrument’s shape and hang across the space’s ceiling.

All furniture was custom designed for the space, carefully considering geometry. Circles and triangles are used throughout, joined in unconventional ways; it looks like small tables could topple over, while large tables are impossibly thin when looked from the other side.