Dux Coffee

Creating a café in the heart of Hawthorn in the midst of a pandemic

Dux Coffee

At Canopy Fitouts it's always our intention to create spaces that inspire people to do their life's best work in, although predominantly we specialise in the office fitout industry, we have a great understanding that not every career is based in an office space. We were given the opportunity to work again with Pierce Widera, an award-winning architecture and interior design practice, but this time in a hospitality format to create a small but inviting cafe of just 23sqm, in the heart of Hawthorn. 

Being such a small space invited some challenges, including providing sufficient service space for staff and customers. Another challenging aspect of the design was the in situ board-formed steel top counter, being it was a first for Canopy with multiple factors to take into consideration as the subfloor required strengthening to allow for the additional weight of the heavy and durable concrete counter. We needed to achieve this accurately as it was one of the main design features of Dux Coffee. The challenging part included the tie in of three different contractors which involved joiners to complete the carcass and sub straight, concreters to install steel reinforcement as well as the boards to be formed up, and the steel manufacturer to provide the 3.6 metre steel top. 

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Although we faced a global pandemic during the construction which changed the way we conducted weekly site meetings via zoom, we still were able to ensure both clients and designers were kept well informed of the progress. This showed how technology can still allow us to communicate all aspects of the fitout, as well as give a virtual tour to both the designers and our clients without the requirement of leaving their own home.

Guliano Serragli
Project Manager

This opportunity provided Canopy and its projects team with a better understanding of how to adapt to unforeseen changes and we are pleased with the overall outcome of this stunning cafe. We would like to thank Pierce Widera for this opportunity to work alongside their awesome team once again and we look forward to future collaboration projects. If you ever find yourself travelling through Hawthorn and in need of a coffee, I recommend visiting Dux Coffee and picking yourself up a coffee and peanut-butter choc-chip cookie while you are there.


It’s all about the process!

Design Phase

Our Consultant and Designer meet with you to discuss your business fitout needs and get a clear perspective on your vision. We will discuss your requirements and what challenges you are currently facing with your workspace; whether it’s a size issue, a functionality improvement or simply a workspace update, we will work with you to find the most suitable commercial fitout solution for your requirements and budget.


We prepare proposals based on the brief from the initial meeting where we go through and plan the look and feel of the proposed business fitout project. This is where we get feedback from you so we can proceed to the next step. We offer cost effective solutions for an affordable fitout, so your budget is always top of mind.

Site Commencement

All costs are agreed upon during this stage and the outline of the project and timelines are discussed. We organise all relevant permits to be approved and issue you with a final Construction Set, Fixtures and Finishes Schedule and a Project Schedule.


We carefully source and recruit the right contractors for each fitout construction job. We work with our team of Designers and suppliers to ensure consistency across the look and feel of the project, and conduct weekly site visits with you so you can check in on the fitout and how it is coming together.

At completion, we conduct a handover to you after ensuring you’ve had a thorough walk through of the new space and make sure you are happy with your completed project. We continue to work with you to take care of any additional needs and ensure they are resolved in readiness for your relocation.

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Let our team bring your business to life. If you are ready to revolutionise your space and impress your clients and customers, enquire below or call us on 1800 434 868.

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