hospitality

When cherry blossoms fall

Located in Shanghai’s business centre, Omakase is a new restaurant offering kaiseki ryori, a traditional Japanese, multi-course, cuisine that traces its origins to the dishes served at the centuries-old tea ceremony. Designed by local practice Shanghai Hip-pop Design, Omakase deliberately avoids the aesthetic of traditional Japanese interiors. Inspired by the time of year when cherry blossom petals fall gently...

1920s revival after a deadly hurricane

New York studio Champalimaud transformed a 1920s residence that was destroyed by a hurricane into a luxury holiday home on a resort in Dorado, Puerto Rico. Called Su Casa, the property forms part of the Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve, which was also ravaged by the Caribbean island's deadly Hurricane Maria in 2017. The residence was built in 1928 by Clara Livingston, a pilot whose father owned...

Australian Interior Design Awards – 2019 Winners

A genuinely clever concept with a daring aesthetic that’s memorable, hair salon USFIN by George Livissianis, has been presented with the 2019 Premier Award at the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA). The way George Livissianis’ USFIN has reinvented the standard hair salon and given considerable thought to the customer experience and employee satisfaction was a key factor in it being...

Burleigh Pavilion – Gold Coast

Conceived as a quintessential Australian beach pavilion structure the Burleigh Pavilion is the refurbishment and partial construction of the iconic ocean facing building and swimming pool at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. Across 1200 sq m, the venue is divided into three spaces: ‘The Pavilion’, ‘Beach Bar’ and ‘The Tropic’ restaurant. Robust, sun-drenched and faded it is the next genesis in the story of Burleigh Heads. Alexander...

The translucent hotel

Little Shelter is located in Chiang Mai where the local architecture is characterised by wooden structures with shingle pitched roofs.  The hotel roof pays homage to the local architecture has a little reinterpretation with an asymmetrical form blending naturally with the surrounding tree top silhouette.  The design continues the local architectural character through the use of the predominant traditional material – wooden shingles.  Small units...

The art of living

The brasserie is known as one of the symbols of the French ‘art de vivre ‘(art of living). These one-hundred-year-old establishments are remarkably decorated and often listed, but have in the past few decades suffered at the hands of ‘modernisation’. 34-year-old British designer and founder of The Guild of Saint Luke, John Whelan, has spent the past two years bringing...

33rd Dulux Colour Awards WINNERS

Courage and sophistication typified the inspired use of colour in the winning projects of the 33rd Dulux Colour Awards, announced at Wednesday night’s Gala event at the National Gallery of Victoria. Attracting a record number of entries – in excess of 430 projects from around Australia and New Zealand across six categories of built work. Dulux Colour Planning and Communications Manager...

Hand-crafted and sleek

Pompen & Verlouw is a new, all-day restaurant located in Den Bosch, a picturesque Dutch town in the south, that takes its name from the 1930s garage that used to occupy the spot. Inspired by the building’s past incarnation as a garage back in the days when cars were still a product of both industrialization and craftsmanship, Amsterdam-based...

The London Grind

Cult London hospitality brand Grind has opened its latest venue designed by Melbourne-based studio Biasol (pronounced ‘b–are–zoul’) in London’s Greenwich neighborhood. Greenwich Grind is designed to make an impact, bringing the inner-city Grind experience to the laidback London suburb and appealing to locals, visitors and tourists alike. The venue is Biasol’s 12th project for Grind. Located opposite famous Greenwich...