When young couple Kate and Joel Byrne were designing their new cafe Me and You (Tauranga), they took their cues from the first piece Kate bought for the space - a massive old antique printing cabinet (originally from a printing press in France) to be used as the main counter. It was the jump-off point for interior design that's a little more moody than your average white, light coffee spot. The exterior is painted a deep forest green, the ceiling is 100% black.
Next came other awesome finds - antique chairs from a British Rolls Royce factory, antique tin buckets from which they sell flowers, waxed canvas and leather aprons from Artifact, huge industrial factory lights in a buttery cream colour from Boudi, and lots of reclaimed wood from an old Palmerston North school gymnasium - which Kate and Joel turned into a huge farmhouse-style table, amongst other things.
Also on my 'I want this at home' list was the marbleised black enamelware – huge big bowls and platters overflowing with wicked salads. (Flotsam and Jetsam sell a range.)
Coffee is by small-batch roasters Three Beans, who service only a handpicked handful of cafes around the country. Try the smashed avo on sourdough. Actually try everything.
Photography by Rachel Dobbs - Swift & Click for Fancy NZ Design Blog. Go grab the latest issue of Taste magazine for a full feature on Me and You with more photos, and a crowd-fave Me and You recipe.