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.


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