The Penny Drop started from humble beginnings, as a little local coffee pop-up, where hundreds of local commuters would get their morning caffeine fix. After quickly gaining a loyal following, the owners realised there was a gap in the market for a vibrant all-day eatery in Box Hill, and as they say, the penny dropped!
Today, the venue is a 350-square-metre, 100-seater restaurant with the swish-est fit-out in the East! Occupying the ground floor of the brand new Australian Tax Office building (shudder!), the interior scheme brings together a layered palette of charcoal upholstery and olive green finishes, whitewashed timbers, rose-gold accents, art-deco inspired curves, a dalmation-speckled granite service counter and signature brass penny pendants – angled for fun!
The project was designed by Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm of Melbourne design studio Golden – who’ve since gone on to create a London outpost for The Penny Drop. Global domination imminent!
The Penny Drop
913 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, VIC
Inside The Penny Drop in Box Hill, Melbourne. Photo – Brooke Holm.
The venue has taken out the top prize of Best Restaurant at the international 2017 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Photo – Brooke Holm.
The space was designed by Golden (formerly We are Huntly). Photo – Brooke Holm.
The Penny Drop is located underneath the new Australian Tax Office building. Photo – Brooke Holm.
Art deco light fittings and textured surfaces were introduced into what was a large commercial shell. Photo – Brooke Holm.
The design team was lead by Golden’s co-directors Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm. Photo – Brooke Holm.
The designers set out to create a playful, classy café-restaurant. Photo – Brooke Holm.
Old-world materials such as dark timber veneers, Dalmation-speckled granite and gold fixtures feature prominently. Photo – Brooke Holm.
There are also circular forms a-plenty throughout the space. Photo – Brooke Holm.
Mirrors, light fittings, door handles all reference circlular motifs. Photo – Brooke Holm.
The 350-square-metre space was built by S&K Group. Photo – Brooke Holm.
Even the wall curves! Photo – Brooke Holm.
Signature brass penny pendants, angled for fun. Photo – Brooke Holm.