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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.



The latest addition to the Pablo and Rusty coffee empire spills golden light onto the city street – located in Sydney’s first 6-star green powered building, high-tech is countered by the industrial and authentic vibe of the interior. With high ceilings, timber finishes and exposed brick, it manages to be both grand and familiar. The highlight is the custom-made brass geometric pendant lighting which becomes the glowing focal point of the space. Read an interview with the designers from Giant Design at Yellowtrace.

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.

Lush wildflower fields clash with eerily symmetrical architectural prints in Mary Katrantzou’s Resort 2014 collection. Where fashion is serving us such a monochromatic palette these couple of seasons it’s refreshing to see such an intense extravaganza of colour. Enjoy the whole collection on

Also playing on the contrast between architecture and nature is the collaboration of Eden Floral Design and Becasse, where sprawling vines take over stark traditional interiors. It’s interesting that the introduction of uncontrolled nature in a formal space creates either a sense of restfulness or tension, it brings dynamism and life to a static environment. More photos at Pulch Photography.

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

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.