Redroaster -Pike & Pine
Brighton UK

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The Stella Collective created an endless summer for Brighton’s oldest coffee house Red Roaster that moonlights as an ambitious haute cuisine venue, Pike and Pine with the concept of ‘Botanical Punk’.

‘Botanical Punk’ was born out of necessity of being at the mercy of UK winters, when outdoor dining is not an option, Stella created an all year round oasis, bringing the outside in.

The Stella Collective used lush and tropical planting to create a canopy over the dining areas throughout the café. The jungle, is offset with white clean gridded tiles, adorned by an illustration of a giant goat’s skull to bring back the rock n roll sensibility to the space uniting the two worlds of nature and punk together.

Layers of nostalgia and tongue in cheek references such as the polished chrome words ‘The Beach Is Boring’ blaze from a wall inspiring a tropical gothic feel that reflects throughout the space. Tone and texture also tell a story; with a strong focus on using natural light from the refurbished skylights to reflect the polished brass and marble finishes giving an understated elegance with a tough edge. A space that feels open to all, loved by die-hard locals and remembered by infrequent travellers.

“Putting in a perfectly orchestrated hospitality venue was never going to fly, this is an oddball town and we not only wanted to explore the beauty of Brighton, we also needed to acknowledge her inner misfit. There is a shadow side to everything beautiful in this world and that is a big part of what makes up British culture. It’s suave, it’s sophisticated and it’s punk as f**k.”

Photography – Klunderbie