The interior design vision for Healey’s Cheesery and Deli was to create a space for customers to taste and buy Healey’s award-winning cheddar cheese in an idyllic farm setting, while experiencing the cheese-making process first-hand.
Overlooking the False Bay vista, Healey’s Cheese is situated in a simple, contemporary farmhouse, located on the Waterkloof Wine Estate. The cheese deli looks directly into the cheese-making factory and maturing room. Through large windows in the deli, wooden shelves of cheeses are illuminated softly in an ethereal display.
The deli’s design concept centres around large oversized spruce timber used to echo cheese wheels in scale and colour. The main deli counter stacks the warm yellow timber, with exposed 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 lighting also draws on the cheese motif: round wooden pendants imitate traditional round wooden cheese moulds. These hang from exposed red piping between the ceiling beams creating the sense of an old farmhouse while keeping the aesthetic light and contemporary.
Raw steel is used on the counter and table tops, and as design elements in the counter legs and signage. The walls have been left as exposed brick, with a feature wall painted charcoal to modernise the interior and back wall signage emphasises the famous Healey’s Cheese brand.
The final result is a space that showcases Healey’s Cheese as the hero – set in an idyllic landscape with an interior design that expertly displays the product and its making process while allowing customers the opportunity to try the cheese in a novel environment.