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10 design-led restaurant and café interiors that pack a colour punch


10 design-led restaurant and café interiors that pack a colour punch


For this week’s lookbook, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best restaurants and café interiors in Australia with exciting and bold colours that you don’t want to miss.

Photography: Nikki To and Michael Wee

The Bathers’ Pavilion, Sydney, Luchetti Krelle

The iconic Bathers’ Pavilion in Sydney has been redesigned by Luchetti Krelle to embrace a 1920’s Spanish mission style.

Combining a contemporary feel and a mid-century nostalgia, the Bathers’ Pavilion weaves a consistently light and fresh style through the entire building.

Read more about the Bathers’ Pavilion.

Photography: Derek Swalwell

Poodle Bistro and Bar, Melbourne, Bergman & CO.

Placing the client at the centre, the design blends a classic Italian diner with 20th century suburban Italian life.

The sophisticated interior is reminiscent of the 1930’s with bold strokes and colours that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Read more about Poodle Bistro and Bar

Photography: Kate Bowman

Fino Vino, Adelaide, Studio-gram

This Adelaide CBD restaurant and wine bar combines a myriad of textures including wood, velvet, leather, stone and metal to create a raw and natural space.

The design team purposely sourced most of the interior fixtures from local Adelaide makers to sustain their community-based ethos.

Read more about Fino Vino


Black Star Pastry, Sydney, Studio MKZ

Black Star Pastry features a massive white canvas that peels upwards to reveal the array of pastries for sale.

Beyond the out of the box feature wall, the colour palette is simplistic and muted, drawing the eye to the stark white canvas.

Read more about Black Star Pastry

Photography: Patrick Schuttler

Dough Pizza, Perth, Ohlo Studio

The distinct interiors found in Dough Pizza references the cultural heritage of the restaurant with a timeless approach.

Both the challenge and the beauty of the design was finding a functional and striking balance within a tight space.

Read more about Dough Pizza

Photography: Derek Swalwell

Dux Coffee, Melbourne, Pierce Widera

This ‘hole in the wall’ coffee shop had to find a unique way to fit everything necessary in a tight but tall space.

The experimental concrete at the centre of the shop functions as a statement piece and a functional coffee shop bench that fits into it’s Hawthorn surroundings.

Read more about Dux Coffee

Photography: Anson Smart

Glorietta, Sydney, Alexander & CO

This lively Sydney destination brings warmth, light and an organic feel to the stark commercial space.

Natural colours and textures are used to find a gentle and distinct contemporary atmosphere.

Read more about Glorietta

Photography: Aaron White

Pretzel, Melbourne, Jordan Edwards and Brittany Garbutt

Really leaning into their signature millennial pink shade, Pretzel has quickly become an extremely instagrammable location on Chapel Street.

The distinct colour palette and fun neon lighting highlight a strong branding and make it impossible for passer-byes to miss.

Read more about Pretzel

Photography: Jonathan VDK

iTL, Adelaide, Genesin Studio and Walter Brooke

With its sturdy features and brutalist beauty, iTL lends itself to Italian modernism with Venetian inspiration.

The interiors balance a mid-centruy Italian feel with soft features, such as the pink terazzo floor.

Read more about iTL

Photography: Brook James

Farmer’s Daughters, Melbourne, Agents of Architecture

Paying homage to Victoria’s Gippsland region’s natural beauty, Farmer’s Daughters features a natural blend of browns and greens.

The open layout of the space allow for a personal relationship between patrons and staff among the large three storey building.

Read more about Farmer’s Daughters


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