Other than a slight obsession with the Dewey Decimal System, I have always been attracted to books & all the accessories they once came with. I recently rediscovered a book I had written & made in the 6th class with borrowing envelope & everything else library books were once decorated with.
My friend, Mario is opening a restaurant in Cronulla, aptly called The Old Library as in fact it once was. He has asked my advice on ways to warm up the space & give it a sense of fun. Being the history enthusiast I am, I have delved into interesting ways of incorporating its past to create a space that has humour, is interesting and draws on its beachside local & past life function.
After a magnificent interior design by Paul Hecker of this new restaurant in Cronulla, I employed the services of a mural artist to create a library based on my photos of the NY library; ceramic artist for Raku trophy heads and signwriter to translate the logo in several exterior locations as well as adding appropriate floor rugs. The mural was painted around the visible kitchen.
The mural incorporates existing light fixings & a shield was painted so one of the Raku trophy heads could exist within the design. To continue the mural subtly throughout the interior, a second ‘bookshelf’ of books was painted further in the room that naturally perched on top of the curtain rod. This adds a sense of humour & discovery