LOCATION: 3 Bridge Ln, Sydney NSW
A collaboration with Justin Hemmes & his lovely sister, Bettina – Mr Wong. A 250-seat restaurant housed in an old warehouse built around the 1850s. Two storeys & although it has ginormous proportions it feels intimate, warm & full of discoveries.
We used a lot of green tones! Particularly in the recycled timber floors inlaid with diagonally laid Moroccan tiles. I had Ecuadorian ‘vegetable ivory’ beads coloured, dyed & knotted into giant strands to hang as a screen to a ‘private’ dining room.
My legendary signwriter, Will, created a masterpiece on the stairwell: an old-style gold & silver leaf (320 sheets of gold leaf were used) mirrored advertisement, as well as adding layers throughout the space with handwritten signage on walls, mirrors and furniture.
The bar joinery was based on a bar I loved in Seville with its curved edges and pegs and a famous siren from the 1920s was applied by our scenic painters to the downstairs wall. Mountains of old Asian cabinetry hardware was hand tacked to one length of the upstairs wall (yes, my wrist did hurt for months after).
Parisian bistro chairs were bespoke in our own colour palette & pattern, after I was inspired by their durability & timelessness on a trip to Paris plus loads of vintage lighting, Italian lighting & lamps were installed throughout the space.
Custom shelving lines the walls filled with pantry staples, Chinese medicinal herbs & other magic things in old glass apothecary jars along with pots & vessels of all shapes & sizes.
The project was about giving the old warehouse a new lease on life, while protecting the magical sense that it has always been there.
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