Sheffield have joined forces with Sheffield based Modern Design Store Nest.co.uk local interior designer Rebecca Davies to carry out an impressive makeover and inject some Sheffield style into the Millennium Gallery’s popular café.
Located in the center of Sheffield, the gallery which opened back in April 2001 was designed by architects Pringle Richards Sharratt. Today it is regarded as Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design.
The notable building is made primarily from concrete and glass, with a series of galleries extending from a central avenue where visitors can see some of Sheffield’s unique heritage; including the metalwork which made the city famous, as well as contemporary art and design exhibitions.
Earlier this year Museums Sheffield and their catering franchisee Baxter Storey approached contemporary, multi-channel, design retailer Nest.co.uk and their New Business Development Manager Tom Crookes, with a view to refresh the café space in order to reflect the modern consumer. The key objectives to the redesign were to offer a variety of seating spaces for couples, larger groups and to encourage professionals to use the space for meetings.
Nest.co.uk which houses a showroom located just off the Parkway, Sheffield, worked alongside Sheffield interior designer Rebecca Davies to help deliver the new look.
Nest.co.uk New Business Development Manager Tom Crookes managed the project – as well as specifying all the furniture and lighting – and spoke excitedly of the project. He commented: “The Millennium Gallery Café is a great space, it’s light and airy, and ideally situated.” “The space however had been well-used and was in need of a new lease of life. We feel that along with the revised seating plan and the furniture and lighting package, The Millennium Gallery Café now offers a lovely space in which to relax, meet friends for a coffee and some food or to hold business meetings. Another great venue for Sheffield.”
Rebecca, a local Interior Designer and Project manager specialises in new and refurbished interiors within the retail and hospitality industry said of her involvement “Nest.co.uk approached me with the idea to create a sophisticated, nuanced and high quality café that was better matched to the rest of the Millennium Gallery’s offer. Museums Sheffield and Baxter Storey want the café to provide a welcoming, creative hub and that acts as the engine to the museum, so we needed to give customers variety and offer them something of creative interest. Working in collaboration with Nest.co.uk and a number of local Sheffield Companies, I feel we have really achieved this.”
Kim Streets, Chief Executive at Museums Sheffield said: “We’re delighted with Rebecca and Nest.co.uk’s vision for the Gallery Café. The Millennium Gallery is a real showcase for design and it’s wonderful to see that reflected in the Gallery Café’s new look. Our ambition was to create an inviting, contemporary social space for our visitors to enjoy and I think the new interiors have definitely succeeded in that.”
In addition to the new interiors, the refurbished Gallery Café features a brand new service counter and a new weekly menu offering a wide range of hot and cold food, from tasty salads to warming pies and pasties, alongside a mouth-watering selection of homemade cakes and sweet treats.
Work on the family friendly café finished late March, with brands including Muuto, Flos, Tom Dixon, Sancal and Offecct all stocked at Nest.co.uk taking center stage.