Projects we love: Martha’s Table
Martha’s Table is a new venue in Martha Cove that brings a touch of the Mediterranean to the Mornington Peninsula. Inspired by the waterfront setting, Melissa Collison designed a space that evokes the Italian coast, with Expormim and EMU furniture providing a perfect seat to relax and dine outdoors.
Martha’s Table incorporates a restaurant and bar for fine and casual dining, a European-market-style grocer and boutique wine cellar. With indoor and outdoor seating, it’s an all-day destination for coffee and cocktails, and breakfast, lunch and dinner.
EMU’s Athena chairs provide durable seating outdoors. “We selected the Athena chairs as they look traditionally Mediterranean and reminded us of being on the coast of Italy, with a glass of prosecco in hand and sun on our faces,” Melissa says. The chairs have an interwoven sheet metal for the seat and backrest, which is practical and comfortable for breakfast, coffee or a long leisurely lunch.
Expormim’s Nido chairs and sofas take comfort and relaxation to another level, with lounge seating on the deck that offers a prime harbour view. “We love the way the strapping wraps around the frame,” says Melissa. “It has a textural look and a maritime edge that is suitable for being outside and on the deck of a marina venue.”
Expormim’s Senso chairs also feature on the deck for alfresco dining. It has curved back upholstered with Batyline technical fabric that is light, sophisticated and resistant. “The fantastic and durable woven fabric was the perfect selection to handle an undercover outdoor environment on a marina,” Melissa says.
The marina and coast inspired the colour palette, with deep green, emerald, washed blue and dark grey. “We wanted the space to feel established. To feel owned and loved,” says Melissa. This is layered with tobacco, pink and sage-coloured fabrics with floral and nautical prints. Handmade mosaic tiles replicate patterns from Pompeii, wallpaper is from France and handwoven rugs from Mumbai.
Martha’s Table opened in November 2019. If you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula this summer, be sure to stop by and enjoy the fresh produce, seasonal menu and marina views.