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In a refurbished Art Deco era auto workshop in Sydney’s Woolloomooloo sits Riley St Garage, a gritty New-York borough inspired bistro. Realised by RAD Studios, the renovation plays up the industrial and structural elements of the space with exposed brick and the huge air conditioning duct that becomes a dominant design feature, delineating the central bar area. Gloss black subway tiles and tan leather banquettes as well as the vintage medicine cabinets in the bathrooms add to the retro-classic feel. Images via RAD Studios.



Chaotic, fragmented and vibrant, Philippe Starck’s take on Asian fusion is a crazy blend of cultures and colours. In the futuristic design, technology comes to the fore – the surface of the 26 metre long table is constructed from screens looping news channels from all over Asia, while scattered grains of rice are projected onto the walls. Combined with psychedelic wallpaper and eclectic lighting, the effect is of entering a world somewhere between Bladerunner and Alice and Wonderland. The concept revolves around the fictional Miss Ko – a faceless character covered in Yakuza-style full body tattoos that symbolise the junction of the modernity and traditions of Asia, as designed by Horikitsune and photographed By Uli Weber. Her form links the graphic design with the interior, giving the insanity of the space a strong sense of narrative. More at Designboom.

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With a slick monochromatic palette and backstreet location, Michigan’s CVLT Pizza has some cool credentials. The mix of retro game machines, half-peeled graphic wall paper and pared-back design create an environment radically different from the classic pizza joint formula. Bonus points for the striking logo and graphic design. See more images at Retail Design Blog.


The unique design of El Equipo Creativo‘s Restaurante Pakta finds its inspiration in a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian traditions. Pakta means union in the Quechua language, and this concept is reflected through the duality of the two main sections of the restaurant. The delicacy of the lines that enlace the ceiling and walls and the Latin American informed use of vibrant colour provides a direct link to traditional Peruvian craftsmanship in fabric-weaving, while the bar area at the front is a clear reference to the austerity of Japanese architectural principles. The linearity of the design creates movement and visual interest within an otherwise small space, and the kitchen is incorporated into the dining experience as a luminous box, where the chefs can seen through glass panels of various opacity.

The sleek, refined design of São Paulo’s Kaa transforms the restaurant experience into an urban oasis. Isolated from the city by the lush vertical garden containing over 7000 rainforest plants, the space is finished with hardwood, neutral fabrics and warm lighting to emulate the relaxed sophistication of a hotel lounge. A glass retractable roof allows for control of the elements, while the central water feature creates a serene ambiance.

The pared back design is complemented by the careful use of detail, such as the collection of vintage objects behind the bar. As Arthur Casas has said of his work, ‘It’s not about how much you spend, it’s your capacity to transform a space into something interesting.’ See more at the Cool Hunter and Timeout.

Eclectic and opulent, Luchetti Krelle’s design for Ananas Bar & Brasserie is a rich merging of old world colonial style and art nouveau detailing. The pineapple motif runs through the design, reappearing in the lighting and tiling. Furnishings sourced from Parisian markets and antique stores mix with bespoke upholstery and custom furniture, creating a quirky sense of French vintage glamour.

The Paper Art Garden by Super Nature Design uses concentric circles of CNC die cut paper to frame a white orchid at its centre. The geometric patterns create depth of field and an increase in density that both masks and focalises the plant. The cut-outs also allow for expansion of the garden through the intricate shadows they cast outwards. See more at designboom.

Also using screening as a means of both dividing a space and directing attention is I M Lab’s NYU’ Restaurant in Oderzo, Italy. Laser cut metal panels to the ceiling are moveable to delineate different paths and areas within the restaurant, while the perforations vary in size, the biggest apertures drawing the diner’s eye to the pre-existing Roman archeological features of the building. This duality of concealing and revealing brings drama and intrigue to the space.

The Prahran Hotel has been given a stunning update with Techne Architects‘ creative use of concrete pipes as intimate spaces for patrons. Visible from inside and out, the cylindrical shape mirrors the 1940s art-deco style of the original building and is also reminiscent of kegs. With tones of bright green, dark leather and wood, interior designer Bianca Baldi has harmoniously integrated the new space with the original hotel. The most striking feature is the second level of seating looking out over the elevated garden that runs the length of the addition, creating a feeling of height and space that is rare in the pub scene.

all photos: Peter Clarke

Barcelona’s Ikibana, designed by El Equipo Creativo, reflects the paradox of its Japanese/Brazilian fusion cuisine. Fluid, dynamic and dramatic, the contours of the design create small islands of seating while the wooden panels extend from the seating and weave into the ceiling. The robust, sensuous connotations of Brazil are mixed with the refinement and minimalism of traditional Japanese art – the geometric tessellating tables bring muted tropical colours into the space, while the gardens set behind glass panels are a natural element that complements the artificial ‘forest’ of the woven ceiling. The standout feature for me is the wispy, angular light fittings which float over the bar like dandelion clocks.

More photos and floor plans available at The Contemporist.

A little slice of paradise amongst the industrial sprawl of Alexandria, The Grounds is one of those rare designs that makes you feel both awed and instantly comfortable. Converted from an old pie factory by siblings Ramzey and Caroline Choker and business partner Jack Hanna, the rustic, simple interior is complemented by lush 1200m.sq permaculture gardens and outdoor seating. The overall atmosphere is both spacious and cosy, with high ceilings and open brickwork contrasted by soft lighting and indoor plants, bringing the gardens into the dining space.