Wellington Airport’s coffee bar serves lattes with a side of interior inspo

21 August 2019

Coffee is served in a place of calm at Wellington Airport. Take a look inside Three Quarter Society and discover the secret to its elegant design

What does Three Quarter Society do and what’s behind the name?

Dmitry Sedov (owner)— We are an independent Wellington specialty coffee bar serving exclusive single origin and blends, with beans sourced directly from plantations. When we were in search of the perfect flat white, we came to a three-quarter ratio, creating a stronger coffee with a less milky flavour. Since then, we’ve served the three-quarter flat white as our signature drink.

Your new space was designed by Thomas Seear-Budd. Tell us about it.

It’s open, full of light and gathers people around with the aroma of coffee and sound of beans grinding. The project had a clear focus on using natural materials. We wanted to achieve simplicity and clarity of design, showcase craftsmanship and create a calm atmosphere.

What materials have you used and why?

Timber dowels create soft tones and filter light to bring calm to the environment. Aged brass was used to clad the exterior of the coffee bar and compliment natural wood tones.

Three Quarter Society
Level 1, Gates 10-17
Wellington Airport

Photography by: Thomas Seear-Budd.

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