LOCATION: Level 2, Hotel CBD 75 York St, Sydney, 2000
This was to be an implication of a Sports bar, created in a new way, in an existing space. York 75 is just a cool place to watch sport with some cool old sports paraphernalia. A little old-fashioned, a little hunting lodge.
Everything was renewed & custom-designed for this space based on the aesthetic of an English pub with a dose of a cool downtown NYC bar where it’s all about watching sport, but doing it in a really great environment. I chose a classic colour palette of red, grey, white & blue.
The existing bar was dominant & kidney shaped so we wood paneled it & added beadwork detailing. The bar display needed to be big to scale because of the existing bar size, so I designed a library-style back bar, built to the ceiling & filled with vintage sporting props amongst the bottles. Floors were sanded & stained and the paneling that appeared on the bar was continued throughout and into the games room. The existing bentwood chairs were freshened up with a French polish and communal high dry bars were custom built to stand within the perimeters of the columns.
We had banquettes custom-made that I upholstered in navy vintage vinyl with iron legged tables between. Due to the symmetry & architecture of the room, the banquettes were broken up into diner style seating as well as straight banquettes with loose seating surrounding.
A new curved wall was constructed that led up from the stairwell to obstruct noise and create a solid vista. I covered this in Vivienne Westwood tartan wallpaper, hung with trophy heads, shoe horses, old sports photographs & paintings, added wood paneling and an elbow bar for seating.
The logo was based on my many typography references, which were then oversized and hand-painted by my signwriter on the entry wall. Throughout the space are sports references: from old books to fencing masks, leather footballs, bats, trophies, shields, helmets & the like. Props were sourced locally & internationally from markets & antique dealers to create a fun, intriguing and exciting space.