The Cupcake Desire – Eastland


Project Overview

Client: The Cupcake Desire

Location: Eastland Shopping Centre, Ringwood, Victoria

Area: 23m2

Acknowledgement: 2019 Finalist for Best Kiosk in ASOFIA’s Interior Fitout Awards program


Case Study

The Eastland shopping centre kiosk design is a compact space full of custom elements and considered detail. The 23m2 café fit out comprises of timber panelling, white solid surface benchtops, Dulux powder coated corrugated metal cladding and commercial grade upholstery, neatly finished off with 10mm powder coated metal trims to all tops of the kiosk walls.

Located in the mall of the centre, the external façade catches the attention of mall traffic with striking precision of the expertly laid penny round mosaics popping against the dark grey grout. The vertical corrugated metal cladding wrapping the kiosk, features an ombre paint effect finish alongside ambient lighting on the refrigerated displays highlighting the café’s range of delectable cupcakes.


The Australian shopping centre café culture demands high quality coffee with a semi-relaxed setting to take a quick break between consumer shopping and retailer shifts. The custom banquette seating at The Cupcake Desire – Eastland was built by our team of leading Melbourne shopfitters, highly experienced in café fit outs. Designed to release air and allow the high density foam to swiftly restore, the booth seating was built with ventilation holes in the base to create continual comfort for all consumers.

Large amounts of solid surface elements were incorporated in the Ringwood café fit out, including the bench tops within the kitchen space, and two large custom built rectangular tables for the seating area. As registered manufacturers of solid surface, our skilled Melbourne shopfitters can quickly and easily produce custom solid surface components (check out the crazy shaped solid surface reception desks we built for the NAB) to meet any client requests. Being an attractive, non-porous material, solid surface is a popular alternative to stainless steel and Caesar Stone in Australian hospitality fit outs.

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Degani Cafe – Plenty Valley

Project Overview

Client: Degani Café

Location: Westfield Plenty Valley – Mill Park, Melbourne, Victoria

Area: 150m2

Case Study

Our Melbourne café shop fitters had to complete the site measure and construct all of the joinery prior to scheduled site access, due to a short 10 day time frame on site.
Diverging from many of their other café fitouts, Degani gave the Plenty Valley café a somewhat industrial feel, with a number of metal shop fitting components, internal oak and ply timber finishes and textured internal render surfaces. However the abundance of greenery throughout the cafe fitout complements the industrial feel and balances it out to create a relaxed atmosphere. The indoor artificial garden design of the café produces an earthy, organic vibe, which continues to be an extremely popular trend in café design Melbourne.
New booth seating was created, which involved revamping some existing components and fabricating new elements to modernise the upholstery in order to remain on trend in the ever changing world of Melbourne café fitouts. To reduce shop fit out costs, the counter tops were repurposed to look new again, a fresh coat of paint was applied to the internal walls, timber feature panelling constructed then erected and a luscious vertical garden wall installed. Collectively producing a warm and calming atmosphere for patrons to settle in and hide away from the commotion and chaos of the shopping complex and Melbourne’s indecisive weather.
The stacked firewood timber feature wall running along the length of the woodfire pizza oven and pizza preparation area is a prominent feature within the café fitout, and has proven to be rather enticing to try one of Degani’s delectable woodfire pizzas.

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Toscani’s Cafe, Bar & Restaurant – Melbourne

Project Overview

Client: Toscani’s Café, Bar & Restaurant
Location: St Kilda, Melbourne Victoria
Area: 80m2

Case Overview

Toscani’s Café, Bar and Restaurant is nestled in the heart of the funky and thriving restaurant strip that is Acland Street, St Kilda (only a short drive out of Melbourne CBD). Our experienced team of shopfitters opened up the restaurant entrance by removing a glass panel situated immediately upon walking in. With this removed, the café became more visually appealing, as well as providing the physical benefits of space and accessibility for patrons when entering the café.

The venue endured a dramatic transformation, with their fitout changing from dark and drab to light and fab. The gloomy dark wood and stone counter and dull brown vinyl seats were replaced with bright, freshly painted or tiled white walls, white Corian solid surface counter top, surrounded by beautiful solid Victoria Ash tables, custom made by our skilled team at AAFS Shopfitting. The floor was restored in the restaurant’s main dining area. By re-sanding and repolishing the existing timber floorboards, they came up looking brand new and the owner of Toscani’s Café, Bar and Restaurant saved a heap of money in shopfitting expenses.

A new lighting scheme throughout the café incorporated a combination of dimmable and non-dimmable eco-friendly LED lights, acknowledging the need for a darker, moodier ambience for evening diners whilst necessitating workable lighting for café staff, particularly in and around the restaurant’s bar, counter and kitchen areas.

Additional seating was allowed for in the new fitout layout, therefore permitting increased patronage and profits – music to the ears of every business owner. A large mirror was placed on one wall to enhance the appearance of size (no guys, this won’t work for you!) and draw attention to the trendy white subway tiles on the opposing wall of the café. The subway tiles that lined the café wall were laid on a 45° angle, adding a bit of spunk and dimension to preserve the vibe of St Kilda and its café patrons.

In need of shopfitters to fitout your café, bar or restaurant? Speak with a shopfitting company who are small enough to listen, but big enough to deliver. We build commercial and hospitality fitouts in and around Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and all over Australia. Contact our team at AAFS Shopfitting on 03 5943 0581.