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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.

 

New York design firm AvroKO has inverted the steakhouse formula to create an contemporary, urban space inspired by the butcher’s shop rather than the old-fashioned saloon. Lightbulbs hang from antique meat hooks and cleavers decorate the walls, creating a strong conceptual link between the meals and their origins. The colours are subdued, setting off the arrangements of bright green grass on each table, while textured finishes and oblique lighting adds depth and an underground edge to the space.

photos: AvroKO

Tonality and texture are key at Potts Point’s modern Greek restaurant the Apollo. Designed by Sydneysider George Livissianis, the simple colour palette highlights the craftsmanship of the wood, marble and textile finishes and the rawness of the existing building. Drawing inspiration from the rustic coastal towns of the Mediterranean, Livissianis has used the arched windows and stripped back walls to create a feeling of sunlight and age. But it’s not just the same modern furnishings/old building combination, there’s a definite responsiveness to the look and history of Greece – the bright pink subtly used as a feature is derived from old newsprints, traditional dress and signage.

Read in-depth interviews with the designer at ArchitectureAU and Yellowtrace.

Photos: Scott Needham