When Tim Pain, the director of Verve asked if I could help design the seating area of the café at Bedford Heights in 2015, I was, for a minute a little daunted by the prospect but this quickly evaporated I could not wait to get started. I had only done small spaces before for individuals never a public space apart from Verve’s head office.
The original café was extremely tired and had an institutional look about it. It was cold in every sense of the word and un-inviting, a place where you felt you had to quickly escape. I wanted to create a space where people could enjoy their breaks, meet up with colleagues and most importantly want to come back.
Bedford was originally an agricultural market town for the surrounding region, mainly sheep with wool being its industry and so I thought it apt to name the café Graze and I like to think its customers can do just that.