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Haldane Martin — Healey’s Cheesery and Deli — Cape Town, South Africa

Haldane Martin was commissioned to design the interior of the new Healey’s Cheesery and Deli in the Western Cape wine region of Somerset West, as a space that offers customers the opportunity to taste cheese and wine together, while experiencing the cheese-making process first-hand. Sitting overlooking the beautiful vista of False Bay, Healey’s Cheese is in a simple, contemporary farmhouse. Inside, the cheese deli looks directly into the cheese-making factory and maturing room through large back windows. Wooden shelves of cheeses are illuminated softly giving the display a glowing, ethereal quality for customers to experience while tasting and shopping for cheese and wine.

The design concept centres around large oversized spruce timber used to echo the large cheese wheels in scale and colour. The main deli counter stacks the warm yellow timber, with edges exposing the sawn ends. The natural splits in the wood have been inlaid with red resin, reminiscent of red wax used to seal cheese wheels. The upright beams of the tasting table and café tables also utilise thick pieces of spruce timber like large blocks of cheese. The café chairs are Ironic chairs by Ton, a retro farmhouse chair painted red. The final result is the ultimate brand experience of Healey’s Cheese: a welcoming and novel space set in an idyllic, natural landscape that showcases the cheese as the hero while creating the perfect environment for customers to try alongside expertly paired wines and preserves.

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