Eucalyptus-green walls set a tranquil tone, while custom tessellated floor tiles reflect the building’s Victorian heritage and echo both the presence and geometries of the trees outside. The tiles also reference the vestibule and verandah spaces that decorated Collins St at the time the building was constructed.
Another major influence for the interiors is the work of Australian tonalist painter Clarice Beckett (1887-1935), who studied at the College of Art across the street from Portland House. Her painting Collins St, Evening depicts the streetscape near 8 Collins Street. Beckett’s paintings are atmospheric, warm and engaging, and compatible with Market Lane Coffee’s goal: to create a place to stop and rest and collect your thoughts within the CBD.
The textured fabric walls and seating, and the introduction of blue tones, cloudy marbled stone, and matte walnut cabinetry are all influenced by Beckett’s work, as is the overall visual composition of the space. Copper fixtures are used throughout, linking to the building’s elegant copper-framed façade.