Feature property: Introducing the number 33

Feature property: Introducing the number 33

featuredpro.jpg
featuredpro.jpg

Plate glass windows overlook the intersection of Sothearos and Street 178, and gentle lighting illuminates the soft, natural furnishings inside Corner 33 Cafe.

"When we met the owners, they said they were looking for something very contemporary, but also comfortable and welcoming," says Bronwyn Blue of Beyond Interiors, who was responsible for the interior design.

"We wanted to have a feeling of something that is ubiquitous, that you would find in any city, but we also wanted it to be special because it was Khmer and the owners are Australian Khmer so we wanted it to feel Cambodian. I mean, we are in Phnom Penh and there's a fabulous view of the palace right outside."

The number three is one of the central motifs of Corner 33 Cafe, recurring throughout the café. "The Cambodian three is exactly like the English three but it's flipped over, so we thought we'd just play with that," Bronwyn says. "We actually ended up with all these great shapes and great combinations, and that's how all those printed windows came about - it's just the number three flipped around and colored like stained glass."

Natural colours of mocha and cafe latte contrasted with red constitute the bulk of the color scheme, helping to soften the space and make a reality of the owner's original desire to create a comfortable, welcoming spot.

One of the defining elements of the cafe is the internet station. "I thought this was a really great idea," Bronwyn says.

"We have these columns in all of these buildings, but then they don't really get used and just become space wasters - by designing the internet station around the columns it actually incorporates what was previously a design hazard into the space."

{smoothgallery folder=images/stories/news/national/081217/featuredprop&width=558&height=430&sort=asc}
BY MELANIE BREW/ PHOTOS BY TRACEY SHELTON

MOST VIEWED

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Proof giants walked among us humans?

    For years a debate has waged about whether certain bas relief carvings at the 12th-century To Prohm Temple, one of the most popular attractions at the Angkor Wat Temple Complex in Siem Reap province, depicted dinosaurs or some rather less exotic and more contemporary animal,

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Endangered animals found dead in Pailin

    An endangered gaur was one of “many” wild animals found dead in “dozens” of illegal traps in Pailin province’s Phnom Khieu Wildlife Sanctuary, said Chit Thy, a military officer working with rangers to protect the conservation area, on Wednesday. Thy, an officer in the 507