hospitality

Hello Barry from Melbourne?

Great bones and photography can really enhance a space, this is certainly true for this café, simply named – Barry! Located on the corner of Barry and High Street Melbourne, it's clear that Techne Architects definitely had a great base to work with but without their knowledge and experience the result could have been a catastrophe. The original façade of...

The Kettel Black South Melbourne

With ingredients such as house-fermented yoghurt, King Island crayfish and Flinders Island wallaby, The Kettel Black café has been described more like a breakfast restaurant than a cafe. Impeccably designed by Studio You Me the use of materials conveys a crossroads of the old and the new, with brass, marble, and birch each hearkening to...

Chickpeas with Style

When we think of vegetarian restaurants the typical picture that's imbedded in our mind is slightly grungy, a bit hippy and usually an interesting mismatch of finishes and colours. Of course the Parisians would have a totally different approach, style and elegance just seems to be engrained in their genes! Café Pinson X is the second eatery to join the Pinson family.  Slightly less rustic than its...

New religion

Dutch design studio Piet Boon has recently completed the transformation of the church of a former military hospital in Antwerp into The Jane, a gourmet destination that combines fine dining with a chic rock ‘n roll aesthetic. The Jane opened in March 2014, and consists of a main dining area which occupies the church’s main hall...

art deco glory

I don't know about you but one of my first loves for interiors and architecture came from art deco design. Living in seaside Elwood in Melbourne Australia, as a teen I was surrounded by glorious art deco buildings that have mostly been demolished making way for mass production apartment blocks with little or no design credibility. This was not the fate for

Basta – Basta

Exposed brickwork, bevelled white tiles with dark grout, industrial pendants and oak timber tables….whilst these finishes sound very familiar these days, it was the striking individually painted parquet floorboards within this interior that caught our eye. Pasta-Basta is an Italian restaurant located in Chernihv, Ukraine.  The space is divided into two main areas, the main seating area and the servery area which joins an open kitchen. We love the...

Penfolds Magill Estate South Australia

It’s been a month of recognition for Melbourne based designer Pascale Gomes-McNabb, who picked up major gongs at two separate Australian interior design awards in Sydney Australia. On May 19, Gomes-McNabb won in the Hospitality category at the Australian Interior Design Awards for Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant , South Australia featured below and Yellow Bistro at the Belle Interior design awards. (more on Yellow later...

as homely as bread

There is no doubt that everyone loves the smell of fresh baking bread but imagine staying in a hotel where this smell wafts through the foyer and hallways everyday!  At Praktik Hotel located in the Eixample district of Spain's second largest city, this is exactly what you will get. Designed by 2013 designer of the year, Lazaro Rosa Violan,...

More Than Merit

In a materialistic world it’s refreshing to see an eatery like Feast of Merit who donate the profits from their business into aid projects around the world. The name is extremely fitting, in Nagaland, in the north-east of India, if a community member comes into money it is tradition for the whole village to be invited to an...