As well as Zumbo’s mother, after whom Fancy Nance is named, Australia’s culinary royalty were in attendance; including Shangri-La hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef, Anna Polyviou and Masterchef judge George Calombaris. Studio Tate’s bright, playful interior was the perfect backdrop to a night spent indulging on Zumbo’s other worldly delights.
Established mid last year, the emerging practice has brought to life the whimsical world of Zumbo. Studio Tate has drawn upon the contour of flamingo feathers, as well as Zumbo’s architecturally sculpted cakes, to inform a visual language of curves, cut into the metal framework and high-gloss surfaces of the bar’s shelves and cabinetry.
“Our design draws upon the whimsical concept of Nancy the Fancy Flamingo. With her lush feathers and graceful legs, Nancy guides the tone of the venue, which takes on a personality in line with the iconic Zumbo brand,” says Hopkins.
Mirrored surfaces and eclectic pops of pink are contrasted against teal velvet, exposed beams and animated graffiti. The journey down the rabbit hole is completed by the Alice in Wonderland style high tea offering that goes beyond the generic tiered cake stands and scones, with an after-dark cocktail fare.
The space’s dual function has provided the design practice with the chance to showcase an adaptable design. Fancy Nance balances femininity and elegance with a practical interior, which easily transcends from cafe to night time hot spot.
By day, the street-facing front section of Fancy Nance will serve as a favourite for coffees, macarons and Zumbo’s signature cakes. Come 6pm, the venue transforms. A mirror-lined bar is the centrepiece of South Yarra locals’ new regular spot for espresso martinis and midnight sweet treats.
Fancy Nance is now open to the public.
The cafe and cocktail bar is located at 21 Daly Street, South Yarra.
Images: Peter Clarke Photography.