Inspired by the design duo's favorite geography teacher, Mister Close
by Russell and George is a cool cafe concept that boasts personal touches. Mr. Close's personal thick black moustache, dark rimmed glasses and his love for the accordion gave these childhood friends an idea for a cafe that expresses the essence of their mentor.
Known for encouraging his students, the geography teacher is honored throughout the interior of Mister Close by Russell and George. Designer Byron George pays homage to Close by creating timber furnishings as well as ceiling and wall elements that mimic the shape of an accordion instrument.
Moreover, the cafe's branding features a caricature of Close along with circle and triangle elements that are used unconventionally throughout the space.