One of our favorite unique features of North Hem is our Living Showroom partnerships. In a Living Showroom you can see some of North Hem’s mid-century or Scandi furniture in action. We partner with businesses in the Brisbane area where, in the course of your day, you can see and use some of our pieces. Find out for yourself how our furniture can work in a space, examine the quality workmanship, and ‘try before you buy.’
One of our Living Showroom partners is Black Lab Coffee in Tarragindi. Black Lab Coffee features excellent barista-made coffee, a breakfast menu, North Hem’s stylish Zola dining chairs, and is even dog-friendly. Bring your own preferred pooch and get their opinion on furnishings while you enjoy your coffee!
They’re just off the M3 and you can even meet Audrey; mascot, logo inspiration, and the “boss” of Black Lab Coffee. Stop in and take a photo – upload it to your social media, whether you’re featuring your drink, your dog, or your North Hem seating! They’re open from 5:30 am – 1:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 7:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sundays.
Is it hard to visualize showroom furniture in your own home? Do you wonder if it will serve its purpose and hold up to real use in real life?
Wonder no more.
Pop Up Sale at Extraction Artisan Coffee
North Hem is teaming up with Extraction Artisan Coffee in Slack’s Creek to give you a chance to see and use many of our wonderful pieces at our Pop Up Sale event this Sunday 10 September, open to the public from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Extraction Artisan Coffee is passionate about coffee, from bean selection to the perfectly crafted cup they serve. Tucked out of the way (find them here), they offer not only fantastic coffee, but an incredible menu, with many items sourced locally. As a company passionate about design and value in our own product, North Hem is proud to feature in Extraction’s decor and furniture choices, every day.
So come enjoy an unrivaled cup of coffee in our Living Showroom and browse our Pop Up warehouse sale! We will have our Mid-Century and Scandi designs available, and some items deeply discounted (like our Poppy accent chair at 40% off!). Bring your family and friends, your shopping list, and see how much you can save, without compromising on style or quality. We will also be offering great deals on discontinued living and dining room pieces, and other limited stock items. Delivery is also available.
The fun begins at 9:00 am on Sunday 10 September! Don’t miss it!
In the fading evening light it’s easy to miss the entrance way, in a nondescript part of Cleveland Street with no signage or notable neighbours.
Trust your gps, for when you find yourself standing before a deep set wooden door frame with Thor’s hammer emblazoned on it, you have arrived at Mjølner.
A wide staircase takes you down into this Vikings lair, and it seems in true Nordic style that no stone has been left unturned.
Hefty meat lockers display aging carcasses while charred aromas flow freely from the kitchen. Bone, skins and furs adorn the walls and robust table settings fill the space around us.
The front of house manager wastes not a moment in offering us one of their 200+ whiskeys available, and promptly returns with our welcome liqueur and a cocktail menu.
I make an observation on the lush wooden furniture. She informs us that the zola chairs we’re seated on were assembled by hand just two weeks earlier, and form just part of a meticulously selected line-up of Scandinavian-style furniture selected from North Hem.
Everything feels intentional, and everything has a distinct ‘Thor-ness’ to it.
One of the men responsible for the hearty fare and rich furnishings of Mjolner is Sven Almenning. Says Sven, “We didn’t want to open a Viking themed venue as such, but were more interested in exploring the – I’ll admit far out – idea of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, being real, and being here on earth, as he often is in the Marvel universe, and what a venue would look like if Thor was to open a restaurant and bar today.”
There’s a menu, but don’t get attached to it because your Bird, Beast, Fish and Veg options will have changed by this time next week. Be sure to order your starters and your sides; the portions are generous and your top button is going to feel it, but trust me when I say it’ll be worth it.
“Our food menu and cocktail list are all heavily inspired by Scandinavian flavours and ingredients without going too overboard (I hope), and whilst things such as bone marrow may not be strictly Scandinavian we definitely feel that modern day Vikings, not to mention a modern day Thor, would LOVE it”, shares Sven as he sips dark whiskey under the shadows of the dimly lit bar.
It’s experiential dining; it feels as though we’ve been invited by the Viking himself to dine in his exclusive mancave as we select our knives from a hand stitched leather satchel.
Our bone marrow starter is served in it’s original housing, accompanied by a generous serving of burnt butter cauliflower. Whole snapper was the fish option the week we dined, and upon it’s arrival the waitress offered to fillet it on my behalf. More out of curiosity than actual requirement I encouraged this, and the result was minimal waste, with pieces of succulent fleshy white fish virtually melting from my fork.
My dining partner selected the beast; a braised beef short rib which came touting rich, gamey flavours balanced with earthy kale.
The wine list is designed for accompanying food, and a tinder-esque voice describes each couple… rich, strong and dark red seeks hearty cut of beast; light and elegant white looking for seafood to pair with. It’s not extensive but it answers to every taste, and the abundant list of cocktails more than makes up for it.
The generous portions fare well in this underground gem, although it seems a travesty that there’s no space for dessert.
We leave with that satisfied, slightly smug feeling as if we were part of some new club nobody knows about yet. It won’t be long.
My great grandparents were Norwegian so I can only assume that somewhere inside me there’s a strong, trained huntress ready to slay a beast. Or have a snapper filleted for me.
Booking is essential.
Address: 267 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016
Guest Post by Yvonne Adams, a featured writer for North Hem.
Journey’s Kitchen and Bar is located at 51 Barry Alexander Drive in Springfield and although it appears to be a big, vibrant venue on first glance there is a sense that the open space is welcoming and friendly. There were groups of families and friends engaging in animated conversation and people just chilling. A customer we chatted to summed it up nicely when he said, ‘I really like the funky yet homely space … it makes for a relaxed vibe.’
Michael, the owner, has been a chef for over 20 years and told us that the philosophy of Journeys Kitchen and Bar was built around the notion that no matter what you do in life, it’s all about the journey. ‘I like the notion of the kitchen being a place in your home where you journey through life. Trying new things, sharing experiences with friends and creating food with your family. That’s what we try to do here.’ In some respects Journeys felt a bit like a second home, with no pressure to move on or rush off. The comfy couch was a perfect symbol for that!
(The sofa in the photo is the pebble grey Elena Sofa 2.5 Seater)
If coffee and kicking back is your vibe, you’ll be delighted to know that Journeys Kitchen and Bar has got you covered whether you enjoy black or white. The Broadway by Toby’s Estate is the house blend which is rich and smooth, making it perfect for the white and cold press coffees on offer. Our flat white had hints of toffee and berry and was easy drinking. If black is more your style you have Espresso Rico also by Toby’s for your drinking pleasure. It is a truly sophisticated coffee which is sweet and aromatic.
(The tables in the picture are the Carlton Nest of Three Coffee Tables in black).
If you’re feeling peckish, there are lots of old favourites … with a new twist. The menu is modern Australian influenced by fresh ingredients and vibrant ideas. If you’re looking for something a little different head to Journeys, where there is something for everybody including a large array of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan selections. These selections are a natural part of an eclectic menu that Michael described as, ‘more a happy accident than a intentional process’.
If you’re not sure what to choose, the hash cakes with a sweet potato base provide you with unreal flavour as well as an unexpected colour experience. The Vietnamese chicken, as a lunch alternative, is built on eight years of history and has helped lots of diners make friends with salad! The food is good and you get a sense that staff care deeply about food preparation and presentation and ultimately your enjoyment of it.
If like to relax and drink or relax and eat, Journeys Kitchen and Bar has got you covered. You can also experience North Hem’s furniture in a real life setting. Instead of just browsing online and hoping for the best, visiting Journeys is like stepping into a Living Showroom where you can touch and explore the quality, colour, fabric and timber of the furniture firsthand.
95% of people are not comfortable buying quality furniture online, so if you’re one of those people, head to Journeys Kitchen and Bar at 6 Yoga Way, Springfield Central. You’ll get the best of both worlds – seeing and experiencing wonderful furniture as well as enjoying great food and coffee on offer in this great suburban venue.