Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie
references a chicken coop

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Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

Wooden structures and traditional joinery are used in this Melbourne takeaway chicken shop by local interior designers Hecker Guthrie to evoke the appearance of a chicken coop.

Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

The cafe in Port Melbourne is named Foxes Den after the animals renowned for pilfering chickens from their roosts, so Hecker Guthrie played on this theme by referencing the wooden enclosures used to keep chickens. The studio created pine wood structures that house the kitchen, serving area and dining tables.

Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

"The built forms inserted into Foxes Den where informed by agricultural shapes and framing ideas seen in chicken coops, and also barn forms and lean-tos," said Hecker Gutherie senior interior designer Josh Watt.

Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

The structure in the centre of the space is used as a dining table. Beige canvas blinds around the sides aim to make the otherwise open four-poster table more intimate.

Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

Screens made from diagonal planks, wooden beams and columns appear to be dip-dyed in orange paint. The walls are lined with concrete panels and dark slate tiles are used for the floor.

Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

"There is certain nostalgia to the diagonal pine wall linings, which provide warmth and texture against the concrete and canvas," the designers said.

Foxes Den cafe by Hecker Guthrie references a chicken coop

Pine wood stools designed to match the other carpentry each have three legs locked together with a metal joint, created by Australian designer Henry Wilson. Benches and shelving along the walls support plant boxes that hang from the ends of the surfaces.

The menu is written on blackboards above the counter, which is covered in white tiles across the front. Photography is by Shannon McGrath.

  • d d

    Nice idea, except the chickens used in this shop probably were housed in battery farms and not some quaint timber hen houses from Old McDonalds Farm.

    • FD

      Hello we are Foxes Den. We serve oven roasted free range chickens, lots of delicious salads, homemade drinks and treats. Honest food, made by us.

  • J

    What a ridiculous statement. How would you know?

    • RUNforYOURlives

      He’s a ‘dezeener’. They always know.

  • Z-dog

    What about the cross-bracing under the table?

    Looks like it would give a nice shiner on the shin. Surely some brackets would have done a nicer job? Possibly it is intended to get patrons to face each other but certainly wouldn’t work as a footrest. Strange.

  • Matthew Lambert

    Big fan of the stools, simplicity with a touch a colour. This is very good no fuss design.